If you happen to live in the Police State that is NSW your opportunity for living a normal life is looking less and less likely with every passing day. Three weeks into lockdown and some are suggesting that the present state of non-emergency could be extended until well into August.
Not only that, but the regulations governing what you can do (stay at home) and what you can’t (everything else) have been tightened considerably compared to when we were in lockdown in 2020. The allowance last time that we could still ride as it was deemed that motorcycling was exercise has been rescinded in this case. In fact, any sort of travel even for essential reasons, is now restricted to a 10km radius of your place of residence.
I got out for a stealth ride the other day and it was very enjoyable, but even that, it seems, could be rolling the dice.
In other motorcycling related matters, it’s no surprise that the MotoGP event at Phillip Island has been cancelled along with the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. Trying to run either events would be a logistical nightmare but it is a bit annoying to hear that our event is going to be replaced by a meeting in the USA, the reasoning behind that escapes me somewhat.
It is MotoGP summer break so there’s not much news on that front. There is still time for a rider or two to injure themselves in a training accident as they seem wont to do but, apart from that possibility, the rumour mill is strangely silent.
That doesn’t mean, however, that interesting things aren’t percolating along under the surface. It seems that we may see the return of two riders back into the big game at the Red Bull Ring. Cal Crutchlow, now a Yamaha test rider, looks set to return to action in the Petronas squad replacing the still-injured Franco Morbidelli and KTM’s test rider, Dani Pedrosa, looks like being a wild card for the Austrian factory. Cal’s selection seems a bit odd to me given that the American, Gerloff, seemed to do a pretty good job at Assen. Chopping and changing is usually not a good idea. Of course, Gerloff could have WSBK commitments, I don’t really follow it now that you have to pay to watch it. The Austrian round is KTM’s “home” show so having an extra bike on the grid in front of the bosses and the sponsors makes perfect sense. Added to this, the Austrian bikes are flying at the moment, why not repay the likeable Spaniard with a Grand Prix start?
My old Gold Wing has completed its journey south so I hope to hear from the new owner with his first impressions soon.
Latest sales figures are showing that the local bike market is robust, hardly surprising given that people are spending their travel money on “things” instead of airline tickets. They might have to get used to that. Being actually ALLOWED to ride is another issue, however.
Thanks for reading, catch you next time.