Monday, April 02, 2007

MotoMania Column

Article apeared in Look For It/Buscalo - April 2007

Welcome to the first edition of Tour and Tracks’ MotoMania column in Look For It/Buscalo. As you can see from the up and coming events there is plenty to do for motorcycle enthusiasts this month.

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.

The first round of the MotoGP in Qatar was won by the Australian Casey Stoner on a Ducati with Valentino Rossi coming in second on a Yamaha and Dani Pedrosa third on a Honda. At the time of going to press we are preparing to visit the first European round in Jerez

According to the official MotoGP wesite “the strong pre-season form and historic pedigree of five-time World Champion Valentino Rossi have led the bookmakers to name him favourite for the 2007 MotoGP championship, ahead of current title-holder Nicky Hayden.

Entering the 800cc era, Hayden's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa has been widely tipped to push Rossi hardest in 2007, as the clear second favourite to win the title, with offering odds of 15/4 on the Spanish rider. Pedrosa was in sparkling form in tests at the end of last season and topped the timesheets again on day three of the Official Test, demonstrating just how good he might be this season.

After his third place finish last season it is perhaps fitting that Loris Capirossi is third favourite to claim the title with many bookmakers, and there are odds of between 6/1 and 10/1 widely available to the punter.

World SuperBikes
The next round of the World SuperBikes competition takes place on April 1st at the Donington track in the UK. It should be well attended as James Toseland from Sheffield on his Honda is leading the competition after the first 4 races.

This is the VentureOne now being developed in the USA with the support of BMW and based on the Carver original. It will do over 100 mph and 100 mpg. The body tilts like a motorcycle while the rear wheels stay planted on the ground. Motorcycle style riding with car style comfort and protection?