Vespa Coffee Table Book
Only the most hardened anti-scooter heart won’t be warmed by Vespa, Italian Style For The World, an English-language Italian coffee table book that follows the brand’s journey from the imaginations of the Piaggio family in 1884 to the present. As a history of Vespa, the book follows the scooters as they ride through the zeitgeist of the last 60 years, focusing on the fusion of the cultural, the mechanical, and the commercial.
BMW Motorrad developed the C1-E study as a contribution to the European safety project eSUM. This study unit is based on the concept of the BMW C1. It is characterized by a very high level of active and passive safety and is driven by an electric motor.
Pirelli Motorcycle Tire is now accepting sponsorship proposals for the 2010 USA road-racing season. Riders wishing to compete on the famously democratic tire, that provides racers with wins and safety and is the brand that swept the top seven positions in the Daytona 200 in 2008, the last year of Pirelli competing in that event, are encouraged to send their resumés to Chris Jensen, Racing Manager, Pirelli NA, 100 Pirelli Drive, Rome, GA 30161.
Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo unveiled a special one-off livery at the Montmelò circuit in Catalunya today to honour the Barcelona football club, which won the Champions League two week’s ago. The 22-year-old, who is lying second in the world championship, is a life-long supporter of the team and was in Rome to watch them triumph.
FC Barcelona was represented at the unveiling by Jaume Ferrer amd Joan Boix, Vice Presidents of the club.
Jorge Lorenzo Speaks…
The Fiat Yamaha Team head to the spectacular Italian circuit of Mugello this weekend flying high at the top of the championship after a formidable start to the season. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi lie first and second in the riders’ standings while the team, which is based at Gerno di Lesmo, just outside Milan, is leading the team table and Yamaha the Manufacturers’.
22-year-old Lorenzo comes to Italy this weekend in stunning form, lying first in the championship after two wins from four races, with the second having come at the last round in Le Mans.
312 KPH Chariot
In ancient Rome, the Cathedrals of Racing were not just Circus Maximus and the Coliseum; there was also the Hippodrome of Milan. As many as twelve chariots, drawn by four horses apiece, would careen around the immense stadium for the pleasure of both Caesar and the local citizenship tifose. It was a dangerous sport and arguably the origin of the Italians’ great passion for all things racing.