When someone asked me what I wanted to talk about on Monday evening at the coffee shop, and I replied, “MOTORCYCLES”, I had no idea I’d find myself in the pitlane at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit the next morning for Day 2 of the 2010 season testing. Spontaneous is my middle name, but sometimes the universe moves faster than I can fathom.
For 5 hours, I watched Rossi, Lorenzo, Hayden, Spies, Pedrosa, Capirossi, and the other boys run hundreds of total laps around a gorgeous track in perfect weather. The climate here is no less glorious than my home in Southern California, but without the smog, it is certainly another country.
The guys were on form for sure, with Hayden pulling a power wheelie and mugging for the cameras as he passed us. Gotta love the Kentucky Kid.
Rossi was wearing the crazy chicken helmet. Never ceases to amuse. After the test, I hung around to listen to his interviews, because I was in heaven that I could actually watch him give them in person, as opposed to watching on MotoGP.com today.
Lorenzo ran an impressive number of laps, clocking the fastest lap time of the day at 1:31.939, followed by Stoner, Rossi, the impressive newbie Ben Spies, and Hayden at a speedy 1:32.981.
I couldn’t have asked for a more magical birthday week and sure do look forward to next season. Laguna Seca and Indianapolis for sure, hopefully Jerez and Valencia, too. Who’s with me?