Rizla Suzuki’s Micron one off livery at the Misano GP was one of the best paint jobs we’ve seen so far this MotoGP season (David Delfin’s Repsol Honda design for Aragon was so crappy compared to this).
So Troy Lee Designs who created the livery for Suzuki, has released this short behind the scenes video to show the workmanship that went into producing this beautiful chrome coloured livery, and personally we’d love to see it again, and we think that this livery would be even more stunning under the lights at the Losail race track in Qatar.
Part of Wayne Rainey’s poignant return to the Misano circuit after 18 years, also included a visit to Yamaha Motor Racing HQ at Gerno di Lesmo where the legendary rider spent a day touring the site along with Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies and where he opened the Wayne Rainey Boardroom that Yamaha officially dedicated to him.
Before the race, Rainey took a special lap of the circuit by open top car (check out the video after the jump) to a standing ovation from the thousands of (uncouth and rowdy) race fans around the track. He then watched Jorge Lorenzo take the win and was on the podium with the Spaniard, who dedicated his victory to the former rider. Rainey also accepted the manufacturer’s trophy on behalf of Yamaha.
“It’s been a great experience spending some time here at the headquarters,” said Wayne Rainey. “It’s fascinating to get an insight into what happens away from the track and what it takes to run a successful modern team. I’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reception from the all the people here. It was also a wonderful weekend in Misano, Yamaha welcomed me so warmly and it was very special for Shae and I to meet up with so many old friends and familiar faces. I’m honoured to be part of the Yamaha family and will be back again!”
As Valentino Rossi has written on the collar of leathers WLF (Viva La Figa - Italian for Long Live Pussy), even if it’s vulgar, it’s probably what some of you guys would say if you knew Italian after checking out these pics of the Misano GP paddock and grid girls.
Just click on one of the thumbnails to see more ‘bellissime signorine.”
Here’s our first gallery of images from this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (which is a mouthful even for Italians) at the Misano World circuit for you to enjoy.
At the end of the 13th round, Casey Stoner still leads the standings with 259 points, while Jorge Lorenzo is second and has 229 points.
Would we biased if we said we like Marco Simoncelli? Besides the fact he looks like a goofy Wookiee, we enjoyed the fact he called himself a ‘coglione’ (Italian expletive for asshole) on TV after the Misano race because he chose the wrong engine map. And that he finally looked like the old SuperSic when he barged right past friend Valentino Rossi, running him almost off track and that he beat out Andrea Dovizioso for fourth.
Valentino Rossi may have finished only 7th, but honestly, did anyone expect it after all his struggles this weekend? The Italian confirmed he’ll be testing the Ducati GP12 at the Mugello this week and not a Misano on Monday, and he won’t be taking up Carlos Checa’s challenge to race at Imola.
Nicky Hayden should start to avoid the Misano circuit like the plague. The only time that we remember him ever finishing on this track was in 2007 when he was on a Honda and came in 13th.
Rider quotes after the jump.
Dani Pedrosa isn’t a rider to take team orders and don’t even suggest it, because today he caught his team mate Casey Stoner and slipped right past him with no thoughts to the standings and the fact that Jorge Lorenzo was dominating, while his Australian team mate suffered from fatigue, niggling neck problems (probably brought on by the hot and very humid conditions at Misano) and was quickly fading.
Like we said yesterday after the qualifying session, fuel consumption would be an issue for some riders even if we didn’t expect that it would be Andrea Dovizioso to suffer from it. It effected the outcome of his race (even if he didn’t have the pace), but his battle with rival Marco Simoncelli can still be considered one of the best moments of the race and he’s still the best Italian rider on the grid with his 3rd place in the standings.
“I’m a little disappointed with the race because the bike didn’t feel as good as in practice,” reported Dani Pedrosa who took second. “We wanted to make a change to the suspension to improve it but we had the opposite effect, sometimes it happens. From the first lap, I realised I couldn’t keep up with Jorge and Casey, at the beginning the bike was closing the front and then it was sliding in the rear. The second part of the race was good, Jorge had a perfect race today, but I was able improve my times lap by lap and catch Casey. I overtook him and had another second place in two weeks, which is not so bad. We’ve been lucky today as it was cooler than yesterday the rain didn’t come. It’s been two demanding races in a row and this one in particular was the toughest of the season so far - the circuit is challenging with so many hard braking areas and it’s been very hot again, also after Indy it’s been difficult to recover from the jet lag. Let’s hope we can get some rest and be stronger for Aragon.”
There was no one happier than Jorge Lorenzo today at Misano, despite the boos he received from a very uncouth public (the Italian circuit is still Rossi’s territory even when he doesn’t win) and he dedicated his victory to the legendary Wayne Rainey, who returned to Misano after 18 years to see the reigning World Champion take a Yamaha to 1st place.
The Yamaha rider took his third victory of the season in a race that he comanded from start to finish and even shortened the standings gap from Casey Stoner to - 35 points using the older version of his engine, however the Spaniard still believes that they still need some extra grunt in order to stick to the Honda’s.
“Today has been an incredible day for us. I delivered a good race; it was a very tough and long one,” said Lorenzo. “Most importantly we won again and also reduced our gap to Casey. I want to dedicate this victory to Wayne who returned to Misano this weekend and I want to say thanks to all my team for their hard work. Now we have two weeks before Aragon, I hope to continue in this shape in my country. Tomorrow we will try the 1000cc Yamaha again; I am looking forward to riding my future bike. This has been one of the best days of my career!”
Jorge Lorenzo took a very much needed and above all crucial win that helped him shorten the distance to points leader Casey Stoner at Misano this afternoon with a little help by Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa,
The Yamaha rider took the holeshot followed by Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa and just a couple turns later out came white flag-to-flag as a few drops of rain dirtied the track and visors of the MotoGP riders, indicating they could switch bikes, but none of the riders heeded the indication as no further rain wet the Italian track.
Lorenzo continued his lead with Casey Stoner closely tailing him, however with just a third of laps completed Lorenzo magically changed pace and in only two laps left Stoner and Pedrosa behind by 1.5s which he would constantly build up to cruise under the chequered flag with a margin of 7.299 seconds while setting the new circuit record.
Casey Stoner who seemed to be riding a comfortable second was in for a big surprise as Dani Pedrosa began relentlessly closing in on him and with six laps left in the race, put in a fantastic overtaking pass (there are no team orders Repsol Honda) at the ‘Curvone’ leaving the tired Australian with no answer and having to settle for third place.