As the following article from bikepoint details, the chances of there being a MotoGp event at the new, as-yet-unbuilt, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is diminishing. As always it comes down to a matter of money and each party trying to either get or spend what they see to be the appropriate amount.
All I can say is that I hope that the American promoter has deep pockets because the chances of him gouging a better deal out of Caramello Koala aren’t good.
This Saturday I head back to Canberra again to assist in the final preparations of the Shadowfax Kawasaki for the Barry Sheene festival of Speed the following weekend. Despite all my attempts to keep this project from being a last-minute panic, it looks like it’s going to be anyway! However, I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am to the many people who have contributed time, effort and expertise to make sure that it does happen. Come along and see us at the PCRA tent in the pits and you’ll see what all the blood, sweat and tears have been about.
In WSBK, reigning Canadian Superbike Champion, Brett McCormick, has been promotoed from Superstock 1000 duties into a full-time WSBK ride with the Effenbert/Liberty Ducati squad from Imola onwards. I met Brett PI and he seems like a really nice guy. The E/L squad will now grow to FOUR bikes, making it the biggest team in the paddock. Judging by the stuff they had at PI, a pretty well financed one, too. Check out their special stand for storing bike panels while the bike is being serviced.
Nifty, eh? Oh, and for those of you who were wondering who or what Effenbert IS, it’s a beer, made in the Czech republic.
Lastly, if you are in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, this item appeared on ebay the other day.
Duncan Reed was a great guy and a pretty successful racer back in the late 70’s – early 80’s. After he finished racing he worked in a bike shop in inner Sydney where he was tragically killed while road testing a customer’s bike. Someone with a big heart and a memory of “Rat” should buy these.