You know by now that Marquez won – I’ll pretend like I’m a MotoGP guru because I said that would happen yesterday. Thanks to the impressive press team at Dorna and Circuit of the Americas, I have some other interesting tidbits to share with you.
Maverick Vinales came in 4th. I was hoping he’d finish on the podium, which would have made him the first Suzuki rider to place in the top three since Loris Capirossi in 2008 – but that will have to wait.
Despite his three position penalty due to his crash in Argentina where he took out his Ducati teammate, Andrea Iannone snuck in on the podium in third place. Here’s the video of last week again because it’s always worth another look (skip to 2:55 for the crash). Remember that Ducati was set to place 2nd and 3rd before Iannone took out himself and his teammate on the penultimate corner!
With all that said, here’s my attempt to bring you along for the trip – these are some of my favorite moments from race day: Sunday, April 10th.
Walking through the parking lot, I noticed several BMWs ‘assigned’ to MotoGP riders. I still don’t know what they’re for – some sort of parade that I missed? If anyone else knows, please leave a comment because I need to know!
I thought the Michelin Tweel was still in prototype stage, but I was apparently wrong. This is the first example I had seen in the wild…
I asked this gentleman (who was rocking an excellent beard) what the yellow paint was for. He said it was to differentiate qualifying tires (which don’t last very long) from race rubber. I didn’t remember that qualifying had already happened until I walked away, so now I’m left wondering why he was working on qualifying tires on race day.
If you knew nothing about motorcycles and showed up only on Sunday, you’d probably think Yamaha was the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world – their presence was truly impressive. One aspect of their marketing was a ‘learn to ride’ area where they set up a grass track and helped kids get into motorcycling. Kudos to you, Yamaha.
It feels like I see the classic Honda Africa Twin built by Sam Roberts of Ujeni Motors at every motorcycle event I go to, no matter the state. Well done, Sam!
If you saw the race, you’ll know that Rossi crashed out early on Turn 2. If you didn’t see the race, you should consider enrolling in MotoGP’s Video Pass. Somehow, I ended up near pit lane when they brought Rossi’s bike in:
Then just a few minutes later, I saw Dovizioso’s bike after that bizarre crash due to Pedrosa’s miscue – the beginning of this race was nuts and it’s a shame that three of the top riders had to retire so early. I was unsuccessful in finding official MotoGP video of this crash, so you’ll just have to settle with this for now:
I saw my first Motus MST in the wild. I’ll have to get my hands on one at some point, but for now here’s a first ride impression from Walter Barlow from last year.
To close things out, here’s a video from Dorna with the highlights of this race (and plenty of beautifully-shot slow motion):
That’s all for now, but I will share some more photos from the weekend once I’m back home. More in-person MotoGP coverage to come…next year, if MotoGP will still have me! Hope you enjoyed.
I had a little post from each day at MotoGP – did you miss Saturday?