31 mag 2009

Waiting for my Bimota V2 return to test on circuit like I did with my Duc 1098 in these past weeks , I really appreciated the show of motorbikes today at Mugello, as seen on my TV screen.....The times of roadracing on my bikes are happily so far away from me, so, waiting for my Love to come back next week from a brief look in Meda ( Milan) to be perfect for the track, i can't just stop to dreaming about my imaginary second life as a pilot.......after all...this is a personal diary....



T. Bayliss. Test at Mugello for the Stoner Desmosedici RR on this weekend.



ONE DAY AT MUGELLO, ITALY GP TOP CLASS.






C. Stoner, Ducati D16RR gp09. Today, a great engine, a excellent strategy despite some tech falls, made him the winner . The return to alloy swingarm and testing the Gp09 by Troy Bayliss all the week have made the rest. Ducati on swallowing the King of Mugello V. Rossi.



Spaniard J. Lorenzo, the Pole Man yesterday, 2nd today afterrace. Always on the run during the match, strong and ultimate weapon from Yamaha Fiat team motogp. I love him.



Rossi, 3rd. Several problems after weekend tests on soft slicks have made him cry at the end, on team choise to run with hard slick tyres in the 2nd dry part of race. All of us chewing a little bit of circuit language knows that a soft compound slick has a sensible better grip than a hard compound slick, but a hard slick takes less time to go warming in temperature than a soft, which deserves more time to reach for its maximum goal temperature to work at 100x100. Probably, the Rossi strategy today was to achieve this temperature goal pretty in advance of his rivals once changed the bike ( rain to dry setting), and so to go away soon...but anyway, it was a partial failure. I remain still astonished since Rossi and Yamaha team ( father included) have equivocate and spoiled around with italian television and audience about this tyres choise, pointing the finger on same tyres and Bridgestone front man and on team staff in the box about this pitfall, rather than avoid to mistify the real truth justifying in that way a very brilliant Stoner and Lorenzo, afflicted by some tech problems as well in their way, but smarter in the race plan, and tyres choise, i'd say. Rossi so down to me this round ,sorry.



MILLER PARK; WSBK, Superpole hero. Ben Spies again.


30 mag 2009

MILLER PARK, WSBK games... Max revenge...


Last qualifying test before Superpole...Max first

photo motorcyclenews

MILLER PARK , WSBK games


K. Smrz,Ducati 1098 RS Guandalini, provisional first row.


photo by K. Smrz




29 mag 2009

VERTIGO

Uno , dos tres...catorceeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!






This is the UNO 999 Ducati from RAD in Madrid by Pepo's, who is a person i am following for a long time since he gave me some beautiful shots of his design... this is the ultimate weapon, that i love very very very much for the large powerful look... a concentrate of power...so good. In this work, i can see all the way to be of an independent designer working not being under pressure by a House needing marketing itself, and that's the reason why i support .
Pepo i give you one big applause to your definitive creation. Nasty.....

for tech spec go to www.radicalducati.blogspot.com

photo by Pepo Rosell



28 mag 2009

Three friends, three bikes, one love.



Raymond Roche, Pierre, Virginio Ferrari.





This is the brief story of a rendevouz between Pierre and two friends for fun on french roads remembering the good times rolling, and tasting good wheels....

" ......A good friend of mine occasionaly writes articles for "Cafe Racer" a french magazine focused on classic and sportbikes.
He has the idea of letting the new 848 be tested by Raymond Roche, and as this friend owns a 851 SP2 his idea was to bring it too, to have Raymond "comparing" the 848 to "his good old 851" of the 1990 World Championship.
My friend offered me to join the day, I did not hesitate a second, and I brought my copy of "La vitesse des anges", the wonderful book of black and white photos of the 1990 Raymond Roche season shot by Gerard Rancinan. Raymond tested my Desmosedici but preferred the 848 : for Raymond, the Desmosedici RR is "too much" :-) Raymond also told us a lot of very funny stories involving Marco Lucchinelli and other pilots of the late 80s / early 90s.
By pure chance, Virginio Ferrari (living in Monaco and selling MV Agustas) was on that day visiting the Ducati Store in Toulon where wecame back to at the end of the day...so my book is signed by a former Ducati World Champion and a former Ducati team manager !
Below is the story of this memorable day in French, as I wrote it that day....."
" Il y a une dizaine de jours, mon copain Xavier, un ducatiste possédant de belles machines qui fait des piges pour Cafe Racer, m'appelle : « ça fait 6mois que j'essaie de l'avoir et ça y est : jeudi prochain je descends voir Raymond Roche dans le Var. L'idée, c'est de faire un article pour Cafe Racer où je lui ferai essayer ma 851 SP2, la version routière de la moto avec la quelle il a été champion du monde Superbike en 1990, et la comparer avecune 848 que nous prête Ducati France. Si t'es libre, on pourrait mettre ta Desmosedici RR dans le camion avec la 851 et roule, cap au sud ! Ca te ditde venir passer cette journée avec nous ? »
Et comment !
Jeudi après-midi, je prépare un sac avec mon cuir et mes bottes, le livre« La vitesse des anges», de superbes photos noir et blanc de Raymond encourse par Gérard Rancinan que je veux lui faire dédicacer, et je filere joindre Xavier à 19 h 30. On s'aperçoit tout de suite que son camion aménagé ne peut pas accueillir les 2 Ducati. Qu'à cela ne tienne, une seule solution, j'irai par la route : le pneu arrière de la RR déjà bien usé vafaire la tronche, mais tant pis, à vitesse stabilisée sur autoroute il devrait tenir encore un millier de bornes. De toutes façons j'ai pas lechoix, quand faut y aller, faut y aller, pas question de rater un moment pareil. Départ à 20 h, je prends de l'avance pendant que Xavier passe à lagare chercher Alex, le photographe, arrivé en TGV. 350 bornes d'autoroute,deux pleins et une pause casse-croûte plus tard, on arrive peu avant 1 h dumatin à Aubagne, on trouve un Formule 1 et on s'écroule dans nos plumards.
Levé 7 h, petit déj' rapide, on remonte les carénages de la 851 et on y va,Xavier sur sa 851, moi sur la RR et Alex dans le camion. On retrouve Raymond Roche chez Squadra Motos, le concessionnaire Ducati de la Seyne sur Mer. Après avoir fait connaissance et commencé à discuter, on se met en route endirection des alentours du Castellet. On finit la matinée avec de photos enaction de Raymond et Xavier sur les motos, puis Raymond essaie ma RR. Raymond nous explique que ça faisait plus de 10 ans qu'il n'était pas remonté sur une moto, et sur la 851 il a la grosse banane, il s'amuse commeun môme. Et je peux vous dire qu'il n'a rien perdu et le suivre dans les gorges entre Ollioules et Saine Anne d'Evenos, puis sur la route qui montedu Beausset au circuit du Castellet a été un grand moment : un style trèscoulé, des trajectoires superbes utilisant toute la largeur de la route, je suis derrière et je profite du spectacle.
Au déjeuner, Raymond nous raconte des anecdotes de ses saisons de GP et de superbike, ses aventures incroyables avec Marco Lucchinelli etc. On discute comme si on était potes depuis des années, Raymond nous offre des tournéesde « Gambetta limonade », un truc délicieux au sirop de figues... Après des photos statiques des détails de la 851 et de la 848, on repart pour des photos en action sur la route des Garrigues entre le circuit Paul Ricard et Ceyreste, sous un cagnard effroyable : il fait plus de 35°, les Ducati chauffent beaucoup mais marchent impeccablement. Raymond se prête au jeu des photos avec une gentillesse et une disponibilité totales. On monte ensuite àla Cadière d'Azur pour des photos d'ambiance devant un superbe paysage provençal.
On rentre en suite chez Squadra Motos, et là, surprise, on tombe sur Virginio Ferrari ! Raymond et lui sont très heureux de se retrouver, ils se mettent à parler de Ducati, de MV Agusta et du rachat par Harley : Virginio vend des MV à Monaco . Raymond montre à Virginio les casquesqu'il a conçus et lui promet de lui en offrir unvert et blanc, ses couleurs de pilote...
Je fais dédicacer mon bouquin à Raymond, Virginio accepte gentiment d'ymettre un petit mot très sympa, puis à 18 h on se sépare. Xavier prend son camion avec la 851 de dans, je remonte sur la RR et la sortie de la Seyne surMer est un calvaire : il fait 37°, le moteur de la RR monte jusqu'à 118°,mes cuisses commencent à avoir vraiment trop chaud et je crains un peu pourle moulin. Je me lance alors dans des remontées de files de bagnoles sur la bande blanche pour arriver à l'autoroute, où le refroidissement est alors suffisant. 2 pleins d'essence et une pause dîner plus tard, j'entre dans Lyon vers 23 h.
Le temps d'uploader les photos sur une page web, il y en aura de bien plus belles dans Cafe Racer de fin août - puis de rédiger ce CR, et je vais aller goûterun repos bien mérité. Demain c'est le départ en vacances avec ma famille,mais pour moi ces 24 heures ont vraiment été un moment de moto absolument mémorable. J'ai été frappé par l'énorme gentillesse de ces deux anciens pilotes...
Et depuis que Raymond Roche a essayé ma RR, je suis sûr qu'elle marche encore plus fort
:-)......"

--Pierre
photos P. Col




24 mag 2009

Notker (left) enjoying with a friend

RUDGE




We go faster, techno, fashion, but nobody makes bikes like that any more. From inner Switzerland, I've seen Mr. Hartmann riding it here in north Italy, and thanks a lot for this great tribute to RC6. Comparing this motorbike to what i see actually on road, most of people haven't a clue of what does it mean to have a real bike. In my very strict dimension, i can taste this ignorance once some people ask me why i try an i try to put down racing my V2 that is so fragile and delicate and strange, instead of a 600 cc jap easy and cheap; my first intention to treat is really go fucking them to hell, but i still resist pretty than give space to my bad education. This is a Rudge Ulster 1937.

photo N. Hartmann












21 mag 2009

OUI JE T'AIME MOI NON PLUS
Hots of MOTOGP
LEMANS 2009






Loris Capirossi, Hayate Kawasaki , Ducati GP09 end of warmup
by P. Col

...Reflecting on this personal drama, born from human mistakes or imagination, global mind virtuality...Reflect and disgregate from my primal earth universe habitat. Short circuits, sinapsys always interrupted more and more...Scared and stuck in not classified wires, organic wires...i make defrag and i scan deeply reaching for the everyday surrounding soul disability.
And people, people without a face beat and reflex themselves in a state of absolute absence of logics. I realize only the presence of blocks, angled and parallel and not linear lines that never intersecate with my perspectives and peculiarities...( freely by OBLIO)




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Spies, Smrz, Neukirchener , Monza 2009 WSBK

photo by M.Oliana

20 mag 2009

TONY FOALE

Project QL 1984-1988














photo by tony foale copyright





DOCTOR M.


17 mag 2009





Kyalami WSBK


starring... N. Haga n. 41, Ducati strikes again..., M.Fabrizio , "the hurricane " goes taking the tail of Haga " the animal" with rage looking for elevation. Spies out for clutch troubles.
photos m.mazzero




...if you wanna get high on your bike you gotta movin...

14 mag 2009

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER




Fusion



NEWS from RC6


3rd of May...Out from a hair pin turn 180 degrees in 2 gear prox a 90 degree turn on the left, before wide opening the gas flat out 100x100 on the main straight .... same controls, same managing, monotonous driving on closed circuit makes me feel able to keep the full dominion of my negative emotions reaching for a sort of perfection in a isolated state of mind. I think this is the best attitude to learn...Here, i felt more relaxed and easy than the very first time .Will come the time to switch on the stopwatch, this is my Challenge in this Time.....I couldn't get better to start than a 1098 and a V2 500.



...Training goes on... Unfortunately, i spend too much time out track between two rounds of training, but i think this is very important to me to test my will to run( that is really enormous) and to fix well informations in my brain. Improving basic approaches, top speed, lines and feelings...Starting to follow and interact with other bikers...Moving to them. In this round i have really strung up ( impiccato) my Ducati 1098 braking on hard restrain and i have realized and focused in these few miles beginning, the best approach to a softer and sweeter mode to get down faster than before without rear tyre blockage and severe chattering, even if i find it very funny at the end of a straightline, coming into a 90 degree curve at about 180 km per hour. I must to say that i know now the reason why people get well to start going on circuits learning on a 4 cilinders 600 cc jap bikes, because it ain't absolutely easy as you think to drive at the best a twin Ducati powered 160 bhp ( or a 500 cc twin 2 strokes), cause you have to be really cunning, i do not think is a kid matter....But i am very happy and proud to start so hardly... The people from Brescia area coming into track is really dammned like hell, all bikes are well tuned, and i can see very well how could be different a original final transmission ratio from a dedicated part, so i wanna understand by myself in details the relations laws between transmission and engine deliveries to enhancing speed flows track by track...This circuit is a small Dante's Cave Circle, and this is true...Tyres consumption so far has been irregular because a troubled warming due to low temperatures at the time of first laps ( 6 degrees Celsius, 15 the second time), so they appeared a bit more downgraded, but last time with 24 degrees temp., 2,1 front pressure and 1,9 rear, everything was alright with them on tarmac, and they seem less torn up after a single round: much better. Pedals are to be forwarded a little bit and to the top, and i must say that my leather suite is really unconfortable because not perfectly gloving my body as i would... and it's too heavy my god...low price...low quality and fit...and i need to lose three kilos more at last to fit at the best into my body. I need something that pick me up because i feel my body really not so well toned, and this is not good for a 36er who wanna race...


The future: carry on with racing on Franciacorta circuit, put down on track the V2 500 two strokes to training on it and diversify my training with a very 2 strokes twin masculine bike without electronics device to domesticate the engine power, focus more and more on defects, and ( for my opinion), to think to start to train on a circuit that is really opposite to the Franciacorta circuit... and this is ...Monza. I must go there. I want to go there; maybe a suicide...Probably i think i 'll be ready at the end of this season, september or october...need a basic speed licence because my bikes aren't street legal anymore, and 99% of circuit aren't so permissive such as Franciacorta is used to be. I find my way to approach this sport very singular and personal, but i 've never ever gone out my way before, and could i go crazy if i do not go crazy tonite, i am too manic to change my mind .... i feel to need a sort of supreme order while driving, and this trend is so strong to me.... anyway, i do not feel absolutely satisfied from this primary run management. I presume to get on the stopwatch to see whatta happens the next 29th of June... A little Judgement Day.... I believe in the Organization and i 've ever been punctual...let's see!





Greetings from Monza to RC6


courtesy G. Falappa

10 mag 2009


michel ma belle, 1st victory in WSBK


Some MONZA's TODAY

max goes down


max goes up


ben goes away





troy ( corser) goes out



courtesy m.mazzero






9 mag 2009

7 mag 2009


....What's in a name?
Face on a stage
Where are you now?
Memory fades, you take a bow
Here in the dark
Watching the screen
Look at them fall
The final scene
And we go doot
Doot doot
Look at them fall
Flicker and fade
Gone are the screams
I put them to bed,
now they are dreams
And we go dootDoot doot.....






FACES of SUPERBIKE



BACK FOR GOODS.... Mr. TROY BAYLISS...


photo M. Mazzero


Progressive electropop from 1981. First attempt of back tv and screen shooting ( ZOO TV.... ?)


6 mag 2009

FACES of SUPERBIKE
by M. Mazzero





Fireward on track in Assen circuit attending for crash just in front of him, WSBK matter.......




A New Man is being born.... What will remain, Who...i speak by sounds and images, lights from the United States of Soul...Days go by so slowly...What will remain...Who....?

THE FALL OF THE TEMPLARS ( Part IV)














...We carry on lookin at the Yamaha Dirt Track 350 hand made by Alex " the Templar " from the World of the Two Strokes ...
Posterior drum birth.

photo courtesy Alex Arletti







1 mag 2009

DREAMS...

CANDY STORE in SAN FRANCISCO



Italian exotica, latin lovelies, italianate, duck eggs... many are the ways to call italian bikes ( and cars ) in Usa, and this is the result of love for italian goods...





50's Mondial 125 cc dohc, 19 bhp
Ducati 750 Gt 1974 yellow and 900 SS 1978, back, a 916 red and a 848 white Ducati

Ducati 888


Parilla 175 cc street edition by John Goldman



1957 Benelli Leoncino 125 cc ohc




Ducati 750 Sport 1974 by Bruce Bern





Capriolo 175 cc ohv 1959


RC6, where Modernity meets Eternity...

photos Paul d'Orleans




Glass Candy : Digital Versicolor





...and live...