The Barcelona race this year has been one of THE best in history and I was SO fortunate to be there!
On this post, I like to show "the experience" of being there, the behind and around the scenes!
Starting with the poster for the race,pretty cool :)
The walk to the track from the train at Montmelo, party time here after the race!
Mmmm! Paella at the track!
Most US races have around 50k people "race day", how about 93k there! 160k over the three days,
Jerez had 120k or so on race day.
Avenue of Champions
The Circuit's permanent store
Hamilton and Bro in tha house!
This is the paddock! and NO, not open to the public, these are all "VIP" guest, so many!
The teams like races where there are less of them, far away countires, etc
Notice all the teams trucks that we don't get to see on the US rounds, to expensive to bring.
I mean, come on Bradl! I know these "pianos" as they call them there (the rumble strips) are a bit higher
maybe for F1, but shoulder down!? Holy Cow
SMD being a livery design studio, let's look at some of the designs:
Team Aspar/Drive MotoGP by yours truly! waiting to get a full side shot from the driver's iphone. At the race, they are all parked side to side, and the managers, racers are never there when they are arriving or packing up.
NGM Forward racing's is THE best one in my opinion :) , Matte finish, very cool.
Marc VDS is kicking ass in Moto2 this year! possibly in MotoGP in 2015, we'll see.
These guys are not a racing team, they supply parts, but cool truck still.
Aspar used the same design layout I did for their Drive MotoGP team for their Moto2 truck.
I guess they like it!
Ok, another BIG thing they don't bring to the US is their Hospitalities! and as you will see,
you can imagine how expensive would be to ship these poppies!
Dainese's is "cute" small ! ha ha
Ducati has this one
AND this one!
Aspar's very sleek, outside
And inside :) good food too! big paella.
Second floor :)
Repsol Honda's surprisingly not so big :)
Capirossi (White Shirt/beige pants)
THE biggest one for one of THE smallest teams
Interwetten and RW racing, small but cool
A look at Dorna's new truck that handles the visuals/graphics for the track's big advertiser's monitors
and podiums backgrounds etc.
Both the graphics for the track screens and podium backgrounds vary per track, so they have to be
custom designed and fitted on the spot!
Got to do a bit of "action" photography!
Just let the pros do it! plus, he's got a bigger one than me! lol
Got to ride right next to the track on a scotter, with my friend Albert, Qatar Circuit's manager.
Can't begin to tell you how insane was to see Rossi and company SO close out of turn 3!
AND breaking from 215mph for turn 1
Humm, I wonder who they are taking pictures of?...
And why is his dressing room so up high like a King's baclony under the top canopy
They also don't bring to the US the heavy cealing for the pit box.
Anthony West going of over pointers and telemetry on the track map
Time to walk the track later after the race!
The surface looks a bit like Willow Springs, looks very nice and with lots of grip to me!
But Rossi says that it needs to be repaved, no grip! jeez
The crazy for Marquez fans after the race
I went to the track 4 days, 2 days each weekend (MotoGP and CEV) These local old timers were
there all the time! just relaxing, checking the girls go by :)
Once you see how many motorcycles ans scotters they have EVERYWHERE, you can understand
why MotoGP is so big in Spain and Europe in general. Yes, this shot is near the race, but it would be
the same scene in Barcelona any day of the week!
Can't go to the race? see it at the Montmelo plaza!
Spain Sports Bar, no not soccer, 24hrs Of Le Mans! I have yet to see it!
All Bikes Bow to the New King of Spain!
Party time at Montmelo after the race, hope you enjoyed this special post!