Monday, April 02, 2007

MotoMania Column

Article apeared in the Inland Trader - April 2007

Welcome to the April edition of Tour and Tracks’ MotoMania column.

Second Sunday Ride Out
In March we rode from Castalla, through Biar, Villena and Pinoso until we stopped for a break and almuerza in Alguenya. It was a really nice day for a ride along these pleasant country roads. It was also the first day Ray had the chance to attend a Ride Out on his newly purchased Triumph Trophy 1200.

The next Second Sunday Ride Out is on 8th April at 9:30am from Meson El Jardin, Castalla. The 13th of May Ride Out will be an all day event with lunch in Alcalá del Júcar – famous for its caves.

Jerez MotoGP!
We were lucky enough to be at the Jerez MotoGP to see two very exciting competitions in the 125cc and 250cc catagories as well as the 800cc.

In the 125cc race Talmacsi lead largely unchallenged until Derbi's Lukas Pesek caught the Hungarian in the closing stages. The pair then played a game of cat-and-mouse as they reeled off the remaining laps, before fighting for real as the last lap began. Talmacsi successfully defended the lead until Pesek barged past through the stadium section and the Czech rider looked to have victory in the bag as he led out of the last corner but Talmacsi got a cleaner exit and claimed his first non-KTM victory by just 0.014secs at the line. (source

The British rider, Bradley Smith, finished last after being crashed in to while in 8th position.

The 250cc race saw a four-man lead group of Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Barbera and reigning 125cc world champion Alvaro Bautista formed on lap 8 of 26, just as fifth-placed Alex de Angelis got within sight of the frontrunners. The 'fast four' continued to exchange blows, with home star Bautista leading for the first time on lap 12, before 'Dovi' retook command four laps later. A distraught Barbera low-sided out of contention soon after and - with de Angelis still only within watching distance - Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Bautista were left to settle the podium order over the final ten laps. That trio - two Spaniards and an Italian, two Aprilias and a Honda - fought thrilling, literally swapping positions at almost every turn, before a wide line by second-placed Bautista, with three laps to go, delayed both he and Dovizioso - allowing leader Lorenzo vital breathing room. (source

After five races without a win, Valentino Rossi's longest losing streak since 2000 came to an end in Sunday's Spanish Grand Premio. Rossi returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since Sepang last year by leading all 27-laps at Jerez - the predicted challenge of pole sitter Dani Pedrosa never materialising. The Spaniard clung to Rossi for the first half of the race, but thereafter the Italian's Fiat Yamaha broke clear for a confident victory. Colin Edwards came in third getting both Yamahas on the podium.

Mow the lawn in style!
Up and Comming Events:
· 01-04-07 World SuperBikes Donington UK
· 06-04-07 Track Day Rijeka Croatia
· 06/07-04-07 Track Day Valencia Spain
· 06/07-04-07 Track Day Guadix Spain
· 06-04-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 08-04-07 TnT Club Second Sunday Ride Out Castalla Spain
· 08/09-04-07 Track Day Guadix Spain
· 08/09-04-07 Track Day Valencia Spain
· 09-04-07 Track Day Rijeka Croatia
· 09/15-04-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 15-04-07 Red Bull MotoGP Academy Catalunya Spain
· 15-04-07 World SuperBikes Valencia Spain
· 20-04-07 Track Day Dijon France
· 20/28-04-07 Classic Bike Exhibition Biar Spain
· 22-04-07 MotoGP - Race Day Istanbul Turkey
· 25-04-07 Track Day Catalunya Spain
· 28/29-04-07 Denia Rally/Classic Racing Denia Spain
· 29-04-07 World SuperBikes Assen Netherlands
· 29-04-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 30-04-07 Red Bull MotoGP Academy Albacete Spain
· 05/06-05-07 Track Day Almeria Spain
· 06-05-07 MotoGP - Race Day Shanghai China
· 07-05-07 Track Day Almeria Spain
· 07-05-07 Track Day Cartagena Spain
· 11-05-07 Track Day Misano Italy
· 12-05-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 13-05-07 TnT Club Second Sunday Ride Out Castalla Spain

See you next month.
Ray (687 206 908)
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