Cervera hails its 2013 MotoGP ChampionJust like they did in 2010 when he took the 125cc title and in 2012 when he took the Moto2 title, the folks of Cervera, Lleida in Spain put on a huge celebration for its returning hometown hero – Marc Marquez.
This past weekend, thousands of fans were in Marquez’s hometown to congratulate the 20-year-old who took the premier-class MotoGP title in his rookie year. En route to the title, Marquez more than impressed by breaking loads of records.Marquez, who debuted with Repsol in 2008, was joined by his younger brother Alex – the 2013 Moto3 Rookie of the year. The two participated in a press conference before they were paraded around town in an open-top car.The tour concluded on a stage where the Marquez brothers spoke to their fans.Marc Marquez (2013 MotoGP Champion) says: “I’m very happy to be celebrating the title here, in my home town, with all of these fans who have come out despite the rain and snow. It is really beautiful and an honor for a rider to receive this level of affection from the fans.“A day like this is enjoyable for everyone; a title like this one should be celebrated well, because it is hard to achieve and it belongs to the people here in a small way too. I am very grateful for their support and I see more and more people with flags or the number 93 shirt at every race; it is something that really excites me. I also want to thank the team, who couldn’t miss this party and who are the ones who made a season like this year’s possible.”Alex Marquez (2013 Moto3 Rookie of the Year) says: “Today was a very special day and we felt very loved. I personally felt the support of the people of Cervera and everyone who had come here from outside; there were a lot of people in the street, despite the bad weather. Everyone showing their affection like this gives enormous pride, pushes you to do even better and makes a day like today unforgettable. After the celebration it will be time to let it all sink in, rest a little and turn our attention to next year.”Following the MotoGP season finale at Valencia, Marc Marquez also topped the time sheets for the post-season test there. The pilot of the # 93 Repsol Honda is once again expected to be a top competitor in 2014 MotoGP.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!