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Renzo Giust
I Dainese Me
Nico Cereghini
Italian Legendary Tour
Gary Inman
 
 
 
 
 
 

ITALIAN LEGENDARY TOUR: GO!!!

15 September 2010 | Contests

 

ITALIAN LEGENDARY TOUR 2010 HAS STARTED!

 
DAY-1: from Vicenza to Mugello Circuit
 
Italian Legendary Tour 2010 kicked off on Monday 13 at Dainese headquarter in Vicenza. Outfitted in leather and saddling Ducati, MV Agusta, Harley-Davidson, Honda and Yamaha, the group zipped over to Mugello Circuit near Borgo San Lorenzo, riding through Colli Berici, Colli Euganei, Polesine, the city of Ferrara and the mountains of Appennino Tosco-Emiliano.
Along the mountains we meet a cold rain, but at Mugello Circuit the fun starts because Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini and Kevin Schwantz were waiting for the group!
 
 
DAY-2: From Mugello to Maremma Toscana
 
Today a very warm sun was shining after last night’s rain – phew!!!
The group passed through Fiesole and Florence, taking a break in Piazzale Michelangelo where we admired the view from under the bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David: one of the best views in the world, together with our bikes!
The snake-like trail of motorbikes stopped in Greve in Chianti and picturesque medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Nearby, the group enjoyed a large lunch, after which some people looked like they really needed a nap… but the stops are shot!
Another stop in the afternoon has been in the very fascinating abbey of San Galgano, now tumbledown, before enjoying cocktails in stunning Massa Marittima. And finally, by night we were in Principina, on the Tuscany’s coast:  272 km today in the sunshine!!
 
Today the third and last stage, 303 km from Maremma to Argentario.
 
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Oggi credo si sia scritto un altro pezzo di storia del motociclismo: Valentino Rossi al Tourist Trophy insieme a uno dei più grandi campioni del passato che ha corso qui, Giacomo Agostini, per assistere alla Dainese SBK race e alla gara di Guy Martin, altro pilota Dainese, e per parlare di sicurezza
Guy è arrivato terzo, John McGuinness primo, Platter secondo.
Dice Valentino: "Ho grande stima e rispetto ("big respect!", testuale) per i piloti che corrono qui, ho sempre seguito il TT e visto un sacco di DVD di questa corsa leggendaria, ma assistere dal vivo è tutta un'altra cosa: incredibile come passino tra le case a velocità altissima. Credo che il lavoro che sta svolgendo Dainese per la sicurezza con l'airbag sia fondamentale per la MotoGP, ho già avuto modo di testare il sistema in prova, ma sono sicuro che lo sviluppo più importante sia per la versione stradale, su circuiti dove il tracciato è tutto un saliscendi...".
Lunedì 8 giugno il gruppo, assieme a Lino Dainese, ha assistito ai primi giri da Ago's Leap, dove nel giardino di casa la proprietaria aveva preparato caffè, thé e fette di torta per tutti, in vero stile british.
Poi su di nuovo al Grand Stand per vedere il refilling e premiare i vincitori e poi finalmente il giro di pista tutto per loro, con i travelling marshalls. "Anche dopo tanti anni è sempre un'emozione unica percorrere questo circuito, bellissimo poter tornare sull'Isola di Man", ha detto Agostini.
A seguire la conferenza Dainese con Vale, Ago, Guy e Vittorio Cafaggi, corporate marketing manager Dainese, che ha ricordato che "La bellezza e il fascino del TT sta proprio nel tracciato: credo che ciascun pilota almeno una volta nella vita debba venire qui a vedere dal vivo. Dainese ha messo tutto l'impegno per poter fare qualcosa di concreto assieme all'organizzazione del TT per implementare la sicurezza, crediamo veramente che sia importante dispiegare tutti i mezzi a disposizione per rendere più sicura questa gara, che non lo sarà mai al 100%, ma sicuramente tanto si può e si deve ancora fare in questo senso".
 

Nota, infine, sulle condizioni meteo: giornata di sole splendido, a bit crispy, come direbbero gli inglesi, l'ideale per un giro in moto.
 
Michela
PR @ Dainese
 
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English version.

I believe another chapter in motorcycle racing history has been written today: Valentino Rossi attended the Tourist Trophy in the company of one of the greatest champions of the all time who frequently finished first here, Giacomo Agostini, in order to watch the Dainese SBK race, another Dainese racer, Guy Martin’s race, and to talk about safety.
Guy came in third; John McGuinness won the race, and a man named Platter finished second.
Valentino said: "I have big respect and esteem (those were his words) for the riders who race here. Although I’ve always followed the TT and watched a lot of films of the legendary event, being here is something else entirely. The way that they race at top speed between the houses on these narrow roads is absolutely incredible. I think that the work Dainese is doing for safety with the airbag is fundamental for MotoGP competition where the system has already been tested, and I think its development for public road use will be even more important, such as on circuits like this one that are all ups and downs”.
On Monday, June 8, the group watched the first laps from Ago's Leap together with Lino Dainese in a garden where the owner offered coffee, tea and cakes for one and all in true British style.
Then everyone returned to the Grand Stand to watch the refilling and the awarding of the winners before they finally had the circuit all to themselves together with the travelling marshals. "Even after all these years, it’s still a thrill for me to ride this circuit. It’s wonderful to be able to return to the Isle of Man", Giacomo Agostini exclaimed.
This was followed by the Dainese press conference with Vale, Ago, Guy and Vittorio Cafaggi, the Dainese corporate marketing manager, who reminded those present that "The Tourist Trophy’s beauty and fascination lies in its track. I think every self-respecting motorcycle racer should come to see it at least once in a lifetime. Dainese has made a great effort to make a tangible contribution together with the TT Organization for the cause of greater safety, and we think that it is important to adopt every means available to make this unique race safer, even if it will never be 100% safe. A lot has been done and there’s even more to do".
 
Note: with splendid sunshine, a bit crispy, as the English say, the weather was ideal for a spin on a bike.
 
Michela
PR @ Dainese

 

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