I don’t know how we’ve got here so fast but somehow we’re almost at the end of another racing season. It’s not over yet though and there’s definitely a lot going on in the various championships over the next couple of weeks!
First up, Italian CIV. I can’t wait to see this weekend’s final Superbike races at Mugello. Ducati rider Eddi La Marra, victim of a serious accident at Misano almost a month ago, has been in hospital ever since the crash but his condition, critical at one stage, is now hugely improved, to such an extent that he will be discharged from hospital today, ready to head home and continue with his rehabilitation. Despite this massive setback Eddi will, in all likelihood, become Italian champion this weekend. With the final two races taking place at Mugello this weekend, Eddi’s 48-point lead means that second-placed Mercado would need nothing less than the double win if he wants to claim the title as his own.
I’ll also be keeping an eye on the BSB championship, as I’m interested to see how former Ducati SBK rider Haga does in the final 3 rounds – forza Nori-san!
On Tuesday we’re heading Stateside, to Laguna Seca in California. I’ve never been to the track before, as SBK has raced in Salt Lake City for the last five year and so I’m looking forward to checking out a place that I’ve heard so much about! I’m just so sorry that Carlos won’t be coming with us. His crash at Istanbul Park, and resulting pelvis fracture, unfortunately means that he cannot compete in the final three rounds. Niccolo’ Canepa will therefore substitute for him next weekend, alongside Ayrton who’s working hard to get back to health after injuring his ankle in Turkey. I hope we get some good crowds along to support us!
Then from Laguna we travel straight to Magny-Cours as the race weekends are back to back. That’ll be a busy one for our team so I hope we’re not suffering too badly from jet-lag!
Anyway, better get back to work. Unfortunately I had to shell out for a new laptop today as the other one is, quite literally, falling apart – it isn’t even that old! So now I need to transfer everything over to the new one so I’m ready to go, full gas, in America…
Rest assured I’ll be back to post some Laguna pics ASAP!
I’m really looking forward to our trip to Istanbul for the Superbikes this weekend – it’s been a while since I’ve been to a ‘new’ track and I’m really interested to see how it is. Some of the guys have raced there before, when the GP visited the track a few years back, but for many it will be a new experience. Not sure I’ll get to see the city itself unfortunately as we’re arriving pretty last-minute and then leaving early Monday morning – a pity because I’ve heard amazing things about the place…
I can’t believe we only have four rounds left to go this season – the months have really flown by. We’re only home for a week after Istanbul and then we head off to Laguna Seca – another one I’m really looking forward to seeing for the first time. My other half lived Stateside for 3 years and, in doing this job, he knows the track and surrounding area like the back of his hand so I’m hoping for a guided tour if we get the time!
Away from the track, I was very pleased to receive a copy of “Marco Simoncelli – The Tribute Book” in the post last week. Having worked on the translation, it’s really satisfying to see the finished product. Go out and buy it guys – it’s a really entertaining read!
With Imola and Misano behind us, we now have an extremely busy few weeks coming up, even busier than usual if you can believe that! With trips to Sardinia, and Russia and the UK for SBK races, we also have to find time to move house. The movers have already left us a load of boxes so now I just have to find the time to start filling them up and cleaning up around here. Thankfully Ducati shuts down for most of August and so, as we have races at the start and at the end of the month, the plan is to get moved and settled in during that ‘holiday’ time… something tells me it’s going to be more of a working holiday for us this time! I also need to get an appointment to renew my passport while in the UK – with all the trips we do I can’t risk posting it so I need to get it turned around in 24 hours…
I’m glad I made the most of a day on the beach in Portimao and one in Misano because I think that’s my lot as far as holiday in 2013 is concerned!
I’ve had a busy few days and am finally back home for a while, or rather a week. It was nice to spend a few days with my parents (despite the terrible weather) last week before the Donington SBK round. After catching up with friends and the folks I headed to the track for what ended up being a fairly busy weekend, though a lot calmer than Monza that came before it :-) Results for our Ducati Alstare team were something of a mixed bag, Carlos unfortunately suffered throughout race 1 with his shoulder injury and so decided it was best to sit out the second race of the day and concentrate on getting back in shape for Portimao in a couple of weeks. Ayrton and wildcard Niccolo’ wished they’d had more time to get sorted for race day, what with rain on Friday cutting useful practice time to an absolute minimum… My birthday came and went too, it seems I’m destined to spend every b’day trackside in one country or another.
I can’t believe we’re already a third of the way through the 2013 championship. Now I have a week to get various things done here at home before leaving for Portugal next Wednesday. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the calendar and the local beaches aren’t bad either! We’re staying for a couple of days post-race so there’ll be time to relax poolside for once After that we have about a month in Italy – with our local Imola round in the middle – so at least that means a few weeks without having to take a plane! On my way to the UK I was unfortunate enough to sit next to a woman who, I think it’s safe to say, was a LOT more scared of flying than me and, seeing as I’ve never met anyone worse than me before, this was no mean feat on her part. It was one of the smoothest flights I’ve ever been on – she didn’t agree of course – but she was sure making me nervous with all the: ’what was that noise?’, ‘is that lightening?’, ‘still one hour to go’, ‘still 55 mins to go’ etc… So it’s no surprise that I can’t wait for Imola – it’s only an hour’s drive from my house