— Lisa Lewis (@LisaLewisWrites) September 12, 2015
Okay, MotoGP was really good, and because of the very special winner it is easy to forget or have missed the great races that went before.
So if you want to catch up or discover the ‘new’ Rossi or Marquez before they hit the big time why not try giving one of these a read?
For a smaller digest of the mornings events there is also my combined shorter report for Paddock Chatter here.
Happy reading and many thanks for stopping by if you do!
Miss qualifying for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes in Misano?
Here’s some links to change that!
Both of the support classes had some great tense action on Saturday my Crash.net race reports for Moto3 and Moto2 have the most detail, just click the links, or for a summary of both you can also catch up on the days events at Paddock Chatter, again just click for more.
It’s Misano, a local race for Valentino Rossi and his special helmet for the weekend is one of his best.
The helmet is covered by handprints which were made by his mechanics, his dogs paw prints his cats prints too and the two kisses, representing his mother and his girlfriend. The fingerprints on the AGV helmets design belong to the artist and his friend Aldo Drudi.
The Italian phrase on the helmet reads ‘Misano ti da una mano’, which translates as ‘Misano helps you’.
At the circuit named after his late friend and fellow racer Marco Simoncelli, it is lovely to see the number 58 right in the middle at the back, where hopefully it will get a lot of airtime this weekend as the Yamaha rider chases down his rivals.
One of Rossi’s best? Here’s some images to help you decide for yourself:
At a time of high tension as we enter the crucial part in all the motorsport championships I think it’s time to share a little light entertainment, courtesy of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez.
Having previously shown you Jorge Lorenzo letting his hair down here, I now bring you Marquez dancing to Johnny B Goode via the wonderful medium that is Youtube.
The young Spanish championship leading rookie here enthralls not with his supreme risk-taking racecraft but instead his so-bad-it’s-actually-quite-good and definitely entertaining dance moves, including a ‘robot’ to rival Peter Crouch (famous English Premiership footballer famed for his robot goal-scoring celebration international readers!)
He can dance better than me.
Here’s the video:
The Misano World Circuit holds a lot of memories. It is named after the late Marco Simoncelli. It is where, three years ago, Shoya Tomizawa also tragically died after his collision with Scott Redding and Alex De Angelis.
Those who were in MotoGP paddock rarely forget, with many of the teams (especially Technomag, Tomizawa’s old team with their garage image), riders and fans of Tomizawa posting timely tributes in words or pictures online between the anniversary of his passing and the San Marino Grand Prix.
Japanese rider Taka Nakagami had something special up his sleeve to remember his fallen fellow countryman and unveiled this flag when celebrating his fourth successive 2nd place.
Hoping here he finally gets that win as a reward for such a touching tribute.
If you follow the careers of any of our young British motorcycle talent Gino Rea never fails to stand out.
Despite having the odds stacked against him, the Londoner has managed to fund sevreal wild-card appearances in the 2013 Moto2 season, including a string of performances in a row in Brno, at home at Silverstone and then in Misano.
Rea’s 22nd, in partnership with the Montaze Broz – aboard the only FTR in the championship, was extra special as he recorded this credible result as a non- regular rider while suffering with a broken hand. He had picked up the injury just one week previously in Silverstone.
The blog still manages to find humour despite tougher times, with an amusing note on meeting Marc Marquez in the medical centre a particular highlight.
Another plus to Gino’s blog is it is by him. It is not corporate or force-fed but instead a beautifully honest account of trying hard to secure a championship ride in a time where it is now all too common to pay-to-ride instead of being paid to ride well. Knowing the right people means everything too (no offense meant, but, hello Alex Pons, master of the expensive crash in Moto2, and in his father’s team for many years…hmmm).
And it’s right here on WordPress!
Why not check out his most recent post, Brno my home Grand Prix, my broken hand and Misano pain and see for yourself!
Previously on survival of the fastest:
Lorenzo needed his own postcode he was so far ahead of the game in MotoGP, and we didn’t see as much of Rossi’s beautiful helmet as we could with his fourth place finish as Marquez continues to impress, but what happened elsewhere in MotoGP’s support classes
Both Moto3 and Moto2 had exciting battles to the finish with Rins taking victory in Moto3 and Espargaro taking an all important win in Moto2.
Want to know more?
For even more in depth coverage I have a detailed analysis of the Moto2 title battle online at crash.net too, a great place to comment, talk and get involved with bike racing using social media.
It wouldn’t be a home round for Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi without the obligatory special helmet reveal.
Shown off by artist Aldo Drudi and then sported by Rossi in FP3, the 2013 Misano special is a tribute to late friend and rider Marco Simoncelli, whom the Misano track is also now named after :
Rossi posted the image above to Facebook, along with the following Pink Floyd lyric to explain why he chose their Wish You Were Here album artwork for his special lid:
“How I wish, how I wish you were here We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year, running over the same old ground What have we found? The same old fears. Wish you were here.”
The cover art featuring two people shaking hands appears on the back.
A beautiful design and a touching tribute, hope we get some Rossi success so it gets a lot of coverage!
Way back in March both here and in full at crash.net I reported on the chance of Valentino Rossi’s half-brother Luca Marini appearing as a wild-card at the San Marino round of the Moto3 World Championship, and this week it is happening!
Currently with six podiums in eight races and second in the Moto3 Italian Championship standings Marini told MotoGP.com:
“This is my second season in Moto3 (in the Italian championship) and I knew I could do well,” Marini tells motogp.com. “I am in a good team with good mechanics who have always given me a competitive bike. I am yet to have a win, which is all I need, but I will try for that at the final round at Mugello. The title will be very difficult now, but for as long as there is still a mathematical possibility I will continue to go for it.”
they also have a free video so you can find out more ahead of his debut ride in the series, available here (free, but login required).