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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 19, 20 AND 21

14 November 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 19: Cruso, NC to Waynesboro, VA
Day 20: Waynesboro, VA to Harrisburg, PA
Day 21: Harrisburg, PA to Newark, NJ

I’m parked in a lay-by on Skyline Drive, a scenic toll-road that runs for 110 miles through the Appalachian Mountains. We, myself and tour leader Nick Sanders, have been stopped by a Park Ranger who is armed and visibly angry.

Do you know what the speed limit is on this road?
35 miles per hour,’ says Nick.
That’s right. And do you know how fast you were going?’ wonders the Ranger.
40?’ says Nick, hopefully.
68!’ shouts the lawman. ‘Now I’ve had a lot of bikes speeding through here today, but you are by far the fastest. I could have these bikes towed away and crushed and have you put in jail for that speed.

We stare at our shoes. The ranger walks back to his car. Then returns. He tells us that he’s not going to give us a ticket. This is some kind of miracle. I might be because my bike has an English registration plate on it. Perhaps he can’t be bothered with the paperwork or he likes the look of us. I don’t know what it is, but we know it’s our lucky day. Nick and I both pull on our helmets, trying as hard as we can not to smile and rejoin the beautiful Skyline Drive. We have one mile of the park to go. It’s the only mile we ride at 35mph.

The trip is nearly over. Yesterday was another damp slog, while tomorrow is an early start and a 140-mile hop from Pennsylvania, past New York to the dock at Newark, New Jersey. We’ll park up the bikes and stand around for three hours waiting to load them in a container for their return to the UK, then get an expensive taxi to the airport.

This trip has been unforgettable. I’ve covered 13,000km (over 8000 miles), and ridden through 24 of the lower 48 states. With 12 other riders from England, Wales and Ireland, I’ve ridden from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back to the Atlantic.

And I already want to do it again…

Gary is rode from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 19: Cruso, NC to Waynesboro, VA
Day 20: Waynesboro, VA to Harrisburg, PA
Day 21: Harrisburg, PA to Newark, NJ

I’m parked in a lay-by on Skyline Drive, a scenic toll-road that runs for 110 miles through the Appalachian Mountains. We, myself and tour leader Nick Sanders, have been stopped by a Park Ranger who is armed and visibly angry.

Do you know what the speed limit is on this road?
35 miles per hour,’ says Nick.
That’s right. And do you know how fast you were going?’ wonders the Ranger.
40?’ says Nick, hopefully.
68!’ shouts the lawman. ‘Now I’ve had a lot of bikes speeding through here today, but you are by far the fastest. I could have these bikes towed away and crushed and have you put in jail for that speed.

We stare at our shoes. The ranger walks back to his car. Then returns. He tells us that he’s not going to give us a ticket. This is some kind of miracle. I might be because my bike has an English registration plate on it. Perhaps he can’t be bothered with the paperwork or he likes the look of us. I don’t know what it is, but we know it’s our lucky day. Nick and I both pull on our helmets, trying as hard as we can not to smile and rejoin the beautiful Skyline Drive. We have one mile of the park to go. It’s the only mile we ride at 35mph.

The trip is nearly over. Yesterday was another damp slog, while tomorrow is an early start and a 140-mile hop from Pennsylvania, past New York to the dock at Newark, New Jersey. We’ll park up the bikes and stand around for three hours waiting to load them in a container for their return to the UK, then get an expensive taxi to the airport.

This trip has been unforgettable. I’ve covered 13,000km (over 8000 miles), and ridden through 24 of the lower 48 states. With 12 other riders from England, Wales and Ireland, I’ve ridden from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back to the Atlantic.

And I already want to do it again…

Gary is rode from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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AFTER VALENCIA

12 November 2012 | News

by Nico Cereghini

Pedrosa, e sette. Nessuno, quest’anno in MotoGP, ha vinto più di Dani. Sei successi per Jorge e cinque per Casey.

Rocambolesca, la gara di chiusura: pista ancora bagnata, niente pioggia in vista, slick oppure rain? La scelta giusta l’ha fatta Lorenzo con le gomme lisce, Pedrosa ha deciso in extremis per le slick ed è partito dalla corsia box con Hayden, Crutchlow e Bautista; infine Vale e Dovi, con le rain, hanno fatto sosta dopo quattro giri per cambiare la moto. Quando il 26 della Honda ha riguadagnato tutto il distacco perduto e in 11 giri ha raggiunto il leader poteva uscire la sfida finale tra i due spagnoli, mancava più di metà gara; invece Jorge è volato via in modo spettacolare e, per fortuna, senza conseguenze. Errore di impazienza per la fretta di doppiare Ellison, e segno di nervosismo: Jorge si giocava il prestigio, voleva vincere per ribadire la forza del suo titolo, invece ha perduto proprio la corsa che pareggiava le moto: su quel fondo, contavano soltanto il pilota e la strategia.

Tante le cadute. Sono volati anche Stefan Bradl quando era addirittura terzo e deciso a chiudere sul podio la sua brillante prima stagione, Hayden, Crutchlow. E fallimenti pesanti per Dovizioso e Rossi, doppiati, in sesta e decima posizione. Il matrimonio Valentino-Ducati ha registrato un esito perfettamente in linea con il biennio: purtroppo, disastroso. Benissimo invece Michele Pirro, quinto assoluto e primo delle CRT. Danilo Petrucci poco più indietro in ottava posizione. Infine, alla gara di addio, Casey Stoner che non voleva rischiare ha colto l’ultimo podio: terzo dietro il collaudatore nipponico Nakasuga. Pare che nel giro d’onore abbia pianto, le immagini non lo hanno chiarito, ma di certo rimpiangeremo la sua spettacolarità e la sua classe.

Bella e incerta la corsa della Moto3, con il campione Cortese beffato all’ultimo giro dal compagno Kent e terzo il sempre più convincente Khairuddin davanti a Binder Faubel e Rossi. Male gli italiani, con Antonelli 13° davanti a Tonucci. Fenati, che non digerisce l’acqua e dovrà allenarsi per il futuro, solo 18°.

Più divertente la Moto2, disputata con tanta acqua sull’asfalto e con Marquez retrocesso in fondo allo schieramento per punizione (aveva fatto cadere Corsi nelle prove) ma capace di andare a vincere. Si sono distinti Gino Rea e Simone Corsi nelle prime battute, Pol Espargaro fino a quando si è toccato con il romano ed è caduto (ottavo al traguardo), Terol e Simon. Marc è andato in testa a due giri dalla fine ed è stata una bella consacrazione del suo fresco titolo di campione del mondo. Ma sulla sua prestazione pesa la superiorità del motore: le potenze dovrebbero essere analoghe, i motori vengono sorteggiati, ma il suo pare sempre il più in forma, alla partenza ha bruciato metà del gruppo in 500 metri di pura accelerazione.

by Nico Cereghini

Pedrosa, and seven. No one has ever won more than Dani this year in MotoGP. Six wins for Jorge and five for Casey.

Chaotic, the last race: track still wet, no rain in sight, slick or rain? Lorenzo made the right choice with slick tyres, Pedrosa choose slick at the last minute and started from the pit lane with Hayden, Crutchlow and Bautista; lastly, Vale and Dovi, on rain, pulled into the pits after four laps to change bikes. When the Honda 26 regained lost ground and reached the leader after 11 laps, the two Spaniards could have battled for the title, more than half the race was left; instead Jorge spectacularly crashed out and, luckily, without consequences. Overly eager to lap Ellison, the error was a sign of edginess: Jorge was racing for glory, he wanted to win to confirm his rightful title, instead he lost the race that equalled out the bikes: on that track only the drive and strategy counted.

Numerous crashes. Hayden, Crutchlow and even Stefan Bradl crashed out when he was third and decided to end his brilliant first season on the podium. Heavy losses for Dovizioso and Rossi, lapped, in sixth and tenth place. The Valentino-Ducati team finished in line with their two-year streak: disastrous, unfortunately. Michele Pirro, fifth overall and first in CRT, did well. Danilo Petrucci not far behind finishing eighth. Lastly, at his farewell race, Casey Stoner who didn’t want to risk it gained his last podium: third behind the Japanese rider Nakasuga. Although not clearly captured on film, he appeared to be crying during his victory lap and his showmanship and class will be sorely missed.

The Moto3 race was fantastic and uncertain with champion Cortese bested on the last lap by team mate Kent with third going to the ever more convincing Khairuddin finishing before Binder, Faubel and Rossi. A poor finish for the Italians, with Antonelli 13th ahead of Tonucci. Fenati, who can’t take the rain, has a lot to work for in the future, just 18th.

Moto2 was more exciting, with so much water on the track and with Marquez moved to the back of the pack on penalty (he made Corsi crash in trials) but able to win it. Gino Rea and Simone Corsi stood out in the first laps, Pol Espargaro until he touched the Roman and crashed (in eighth), Terol and Simon. Marc was in the lead two laps from the finish and this consecrated his new world champion title. But engine superiority crushed his performance: the powers should be similar, the engines are drawn at random, but his always seems to be the best, he left half the pack 500 metres behind with pure acceleration as the lights went green.

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46 WORDS BEFORE VALENCIA

06 November 2012 | News

by Nico Cereghini

Domenica si chiude, passerella a Valencia. Assegnati i titoli a Lorenzo, Marquez e Cortese, i tatticismi non servono più e sarà sfida vera. Jorge-ragioniere addio, Marquez vorrà zittire Espargaro. E tanti, come Valentino e Dovizioso, sono all’ultima corsa con la loro moto. Allora, Gas!

by Nico Cereghini

On Sunday it will be all over on the podium at Valencia. The Championship titles went to Lorenzo, Marquez and Cortese so tactics will no longer count and the challenge will be for real. Jorge will not longer act as an accountant and Marquez will want to silence Espargaro. Many others like Valentino and Dovizioso will be racing their bikes for the last time. So, step on the gas!

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