Marco Simoncelli TributeThe tributes will be endless for Marco Simoncelli this weekend at Valencia. But one man known throughout the motorcycle industry for his heavily-appraised Isle of Man TT novel “Riding Man” wants to make these tributes endless on a much larger scale – worldwide.
The moto-journalist Mark Gardiner is asking that motorcyclists around the world match what will be conducted at Valencia MotoGP Sunday – revving motorcycles for 58 seconds in honor of Marco Simoncelli’s number.The idea throttled into Gardiner’s head after he read that Marco’s dad, Paola, would rather have a minute of MotoGP bikes revving than a minute of silence. Paola said that would be more of a tribute to his 24-year-old son who perished in a second-lap crash at Sepang Oct. 23.Following is Gardiner’s request to Ultimate MotorCycling in his own words…Mark Gardiner says: “A couple of days ago, after I read Paolo Simoncelli (Marco’s dad) comment that Marco would rather have a minute of all the MotoGP bikes at Valencia revving their motors than a minute of silence, something occurred to me…“What if we all did that, all around the world? Something a little less than a minute of silence; say, 58 seconds. And something a lot more (noisy).“At first, I thought we should all do it at exactly the same time, but the more I thought about it, I realized that 10:30 a.m. in Valencia is the crack of dawn on the west coast of the U.S., and late at night in Japan. And, I liked the idea of people doing it at 10:30 in their own time zone, creating a ‘wave’ that would begin about 12 hours before the Valencia rev-up, way out in the western Pacific, and end about 12 hours later in Hawaii. We’d literally wave good-bye.“I wrote a blog post to that effect, and it generated a few hundred extra hits that first day. Then, in the next 24 hours, it generated thousands of hits. Someone coined a hashmark, #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday, on Twitter.“I created a Facebook group with the same name. Now, the question is, can we create a global event in the 3 days (roughly) we have before the official Valencia memorial?“Wouldn’t it be great if, all around the world, motorcyclists stopped what they were doing at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, and revved up their bikes? If they make a video of it, or just want to comment about it, they can do so on the #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday Facebook group.“Please help to make it happen…for more information, people can check my blog or search #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday on Facebook or Twitter.“I have this idea that Marco – who had often been a divisive figure in racing, although he was widely popular among fans – could be a unifying figure in the wider community of motorcyclists.”The final sentence concludes Gardiner’s request well, and we at Ultimate Motorcycling agree with that sentiment.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!