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Ciao, Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011 | 58 photos of Marco 58

Ciao Marco Simoncelli.

It was tragic when the we found out about Marco, we were the first ones to know and we could not stop crying. Marco was such a character in MotoGP. When these things happen, nothing else matter. It sad when the reason i love this sport is also why it sucks sometimes. He will be missed. Sepang Malaysia 2011 was very memorable.

This is a MotoGP Photography set. 58 Photos of Marco Simoncelli

Motegi Grand Prix of Japan [INFOGRAPHIC]

We made a readable infographic for this Sunday’s race – The Japanese Grand Prix.

The  Twin Ring Motegi track has been delayed (moved from April to October) for the second time in 2 years succession. Last year was the untimely eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, and this 2011′ delay is caused by the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents.

Because of an awesome job of rebuilding the track after several emotional and media conflicts between the paddock, finally we can go ahead to Japan.

Thanks to http://www.motogp.com/ for facts and numbers

Click the image to enlarge, right-click it to download the poster on your desktop. :)

Aragon GP [INFOGRAPHIC]

Gran Premio De Aragon Racing Numbers. I made a simple illustrative infographic for this Sunday’s race, some facts, statistics and artwork. To enlarge, just click the image, right click and download. :)

Misano Racing Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

A detailed infographic of this Sunday’s Misano Grand Prix. Interesting facts included. Made in Photoshop and Illustrator. Thanks to motogp.com and Circuit di Misano for the content.

Download to your desktop and zoom! :)

Rossi on his 250th Grand Prix start

Rossi 1996, 125cc World Championship

Rossi, 2011, MotoGP

The German Grand Prix in Sachsenring will be the Italian’s 250th grand prix start in all classes.  That is a lot of racing in the world championship for 15 years since 1996! I faithfully followed Valentino’s races on tv since he started GP. I was 5th grade then. A genuine Rossi fan.

Back to the news. Rossi is currently in a crisis, a drought of 11 consecutive races without a victory. His last win was on a Yamaha, in Sepang, Malaysia 2010, his 46th Yamaha victory. He must be baffled right now, but knowing the genius, patience is key.

We are looking forward to see him be on top of the podium again. Hopefully this season.

In other news, Loris Capirossi is reportedly to be announcing his retirement plan shortly after this years Laguna Seca race. He looks unhappy and tired. Loris has the most number of GP starts of all time (321 GP starts across all classes). His last win was in 2004, 22 years in the world championship at 38 years of age.

Let us watch the race in Sachsenring, Germany this sunday, same europen time, check your schedules at http://www.espnstar.com/tv/

by: Darwin Zialcita

(photo by andrew wheeler http://www.facebook.com/andrewwheeler.automotophoto)

A Lap of Mugello With Andrea Dovizioso, and special Rossi helmets

A Lap of Mugello With Andrea Dovizioso and the beginning of the second half of 2011 season

by: Darwin Zialcita

Andrea Dovizioso illustrates us a walkthrough of the Mugello Circuit. Most MotoGP riders consider this track as one of the most beautiful in the world, having scenic landscapes and undulating uphills and downhills, Mugello is also home to italian legends  and holds a glorious streak of racing heritage.

Mugello is actually the fastest track in the MotoGP calendar in terms of top speed, most riders reaching 340+ km/h by a modern GP bike thanks to a long start/finish stretch aided by slight downhill along its length. There is also a slight bend at the end of the stretch making it ball to throat experience. If you have the latest MotoGP game in playstation, you more or less know what I am talking about th layout (see illustration below, click to full size).

This is the home race of  factory Repsol Honda rider from Italy. But Dovi resides just a few kliks away from Tavulia – Rossi’s hometown, which actually is in juxtaposition from Misano, Italy (another track of the MotoGP calendar). Thus – there are two “home” races for the Italians this calendar.

Valentino Rossi has also an unbroken record here in Mugello, 7 consecutive victories 2002-2008. 2009 was by Stoner and a broken leg on 2010.

Mugello is also a special track for Rossi fans because it is the time of the year when the Italian wears a special dsign helmet. Such as the Rossi face, Heart, Hand, and last year, the unlucky Joker.

The race also marks the return of Dani Pedrosa – the only other rider who can pose a challenge to Stoner. Marco Simoncelli is looking forward to not crashing, again. Ben Spies’ Assen victory has not sunk in yet.

Let us all watch the race this sunday starting with 125cc then Moto2 and finally MotoGP. 6pm, see http://www.espnstar.com/tv/ for schedule.

Thanks to hondaracing.com for the illustration, GPone for the helmets.

On British MotoGP at Silverstone, Colin Edwards and the jet ski race.

The 2011 MotoGP championship standings has indeed shaken up. First of all, congratulations to Casey Stoner for brilliantly riding again for the win. He rode with agression and balance like a real sportsman. This is number 27’s 27th MotoGP victory. Dovizioso took the second spot on the podium by intellegently staying upright and at the same time keeping Simoncelli and Lorenzo behind him. Pedrosa, the only “alien” capable of facing an upfront challenge to Stoner for the world championship is probably at home now watching the live race on telly.

The Factory Yamaha garage had a different story as both of their riders failed to pass the checkered flag. Ben Spies crashed in an unknown incident and was air-lifetd to the medical centre for check up. Then 2 laps later, while Jorge Lorenzo was pushing Dovi too hard, he went deep into the throttle, resulting a huge highside with a China 2008 style of crash, he luckily escaped unscathed unlike 2008 thanks to his Dainese D-Air airbag for saving his upper body and neck. This is the Spaniard’s first crash since Malaysia 2009 and has maintained an outstanding record of finishing a race not lower than 4th position for 25th consecutive races in a row. Brilliant. But finally crashed, showing us how trecherous the conditions are. Jules Cluzel form Moto2 was even spotted wearing electric tyre warmers wrapped around him during his waiting time.

Marco Simoncelli also crashed by also pushing Dovi. The Super Sic must be really gutted by now, 3 crashes in just 6 races, always been denied the podium by any circumstances, you cannot say he is not trying too hard. Today, he looked absolutely disguntled right after this incident, in the Telly apparently shows his body gesture, he could be actually what would have been looked like crying toddler inside his helmet with his airbag inflated on. All of the bemoaning is simply because Simoncelli is the fastest on all practice and qualifying sessions. He has no more excuses this time. This time there is no one else he could be angry of but himself. At least we all know what he is capable of.

Of course, the spotlight goes to Colin Edwards. Superb race for the Texas Tornado as he managed to bag 3rd in the rostrum today with a disintegrated collarbone & ribs from a crash just 8 days ago! The American deserved all the accolades as he is a very determined man.

It is a half-hearted race for Valentino Rossi as he had one of the worst weekends he ever had in his carrer. Struggling at the back of the pack on all practice sessions. This is indeed a race to forget for the Italian. Abraham was even the top Ducati at the starting line up. But, Rossi, starting from last row in the grid, the Italian only managed 6th place only with a bit wee of luck. I will keep my words about VR by myself for the meanwhile as i will be writing its own article. Well, good for Rossi and other riders who managed to stay upright in this drenched race.

Heroic actions come from the local because we must not forget Bradley Smith taking a podium in Moto2 in his home race from 28th on the grid. The youngster was of true class that the British fans could be at least be proud of.

In a disenchanting reality, 2011 is a crash fest mayhem. Cal, Ped, Lor, Cap, Bau and RdP all broke bones this year. Two riders are missing (Cruthclow and Pedrosa) taking the grandprix participation into an alarming dimunitive size which is very disheartening for the sport. But 2010 is still the worst of all recent GP years, no one wants another event of Rossi breaking a tibia and fibula, but most frustratingly, we will never want to see a Tomizawa accident again.

Let us all move on to the next race in Assen, Netherlands, where racing legends genuinely shine. We all want Rossi to come up with something magical. But knowing Casey Stoner’s destiny, by the time champagne is being sprayed in Silverstone, the Australian must probably be in Assen at the same moment, that is how fast he is. With this kind of cosmic speed, unless something weird happens, there is a very good chance that a real face-to-face battle in this season will be just a figment of our imagination.

By Darwin Zialcita
A race pundit, club racer, photographer, paddock bum and has been following MotoGP since 1996

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