MotoGP Riders at ChristmasWith the Christmas holiday in full swing, many MotoGP riders are spending their holidays in different ways.
Some, like the 2013 MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez, head home for some relaxation and training.The 20-year-old Repsol Honda rider is currently in Cervera, Spain, resting with family. He will also do some off-track training with his brother – Moto3 pilot Alex Marquez.His largest rival all season – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo – has completely different plans. The two-time MotoGP Champion is far away from his home Spain, and is spending some down time in Mexico, enjoying sunshine and beaches ahead of training for 2014 MotoGP.Others are enjoying some enjoyment on the slopes that not only provides for physical training, but also enjoyment. These riders – all frequent snowboarders – are in different locations in Europe.Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi spends his time on the slopes in Italy, and others – such as Spanish riders Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Blusens Racing CRT) are in the Spanish Pyrenees.Barbera will also take the opportunity to visit friends in London and Milan, while Bautista is attending some charity events in Talavera and Madrid, and getting in some training on the island of Lanzarote.German Stefan Bradl is taking his preparation for next season very seriously and has a full agenda. These days he has been training in the south of France with Yves De Maria, three-time World Motocross Champion. Christmas will be spent with his family in Germany but afterwards he will head to a High Performance Centre where he will train motocross and trial until the 30th. After New Years Eve he’ll return to work on the 4th January with an eye on the first test at Sepang in early February.American Nicky Hayden, Colombian Yonny Hernandez and Mika Kallio are enjoying the holidays in a more traditional way in their respective countries. For Nicky Hayden the Christmas period is very important, with the Kentucky Kid looking forward to seeing his nephews opening gifts on the morning of the 25th. Mika Kallio, meanwhile, will enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas Eve and then move to the icy Lapland to spend New Year with family and friends.For Cal Crutchlow it will be a Christmas to remember, as he not only gets to look forward to his first year as a factory rider with the Ducati Team, but he will also get married to his fiancée Lucy in Southern California in early January.MotoGP veteran Colin Edwards will spend his Christmas at his home in Texas, where he will also celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife and their three children, before they head off skiing for a few days in Wyoming.Hiroshi Aoyama, who has just returned from Japan after visiting family, will spend the holiday period in Barcelona, his adopted home, where the vast majority of his friends are.The Moto2 and Moto3 World Champions, Pol Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, plan to spend days with their families trying to rest as much as possible before the new challenges that face them in 2014. Viñales will stay in and around Barcelona, whilst Espargaro has been enjoying a week off in the Maldives before returning to Granollers to resume season preparations as well as French classes.Holiday plans for Italians Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso are a little quieter, but no less demanding. The three Italians will spend days with their families, whist training hard for next year. Dovizioso will use the time to enjoy some quality time with his daughter Sara and will try to escape to the mountains for few days.Michael Laverty’s Christmas will be split between his home in Northern Ireland and Wales, where his partner is from. In addition, he’ll enjoy a ski holiday in Morzine with friends and his brother Eugene Laverty, racing in WSBK next year with Suzuki.Alongside MotoGP debutant Pol Espargaro, fellow rookies Scott Redding and Mike di Meglio are in full training mode to be in top physical condition for the first race in Qatar. Motocross will feature heavily in their training routines – a popular pastime for most riders.Whether it is rest they seek, or peak physical fitness – one thing is sure: They will all line up on the grid with the same goal – to be 2014 World Champion.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!