April 30, 2007

Ready, Set, SHANGHAI!

Wow - I can't believe it's time to ship off to China already! Bags are almost packed; uniforms, socks, computers and related elec. equipment, camera (!), and most importantly, iPOD! I'll be thinking about all the people backing us up on this trip, and this photo comes all the way from the Grand Canyon, courtesy of Squadra member Rick, who rode there from San Francisco! Thanks a bunch Rick - While I'm sure the trip itself was mind-blowing (just look at the background!!), for me it's just incredible to see everyone pulling for the little team that could, the Squadra delle Pecore Nere, The Black Sheep Squadron! It's exactly this kind of enthusiasm that makes it easier for me to put aside the hassles in my life and just get to it!

China is going to bring the return of Michelin, who never seem to misstep twice in a row, and you may recall some difficulty last year at this circuit when Valentino "over-rode" the tire and the front chunked on him during the race. With extended straightaways and increased cornering speeds, these new 800's are going to put the rubber to the test in a Big Way. While everyone is looking for the Ducati's to power down the two huge lengths of track, I think Braking is going to play a crucial role in the weekend's results, so front tires are going to be especially stressed (out). This weekend we will run past 200MPH.

This weekend also marks exactly two years since I first heard a MotoGP machine, the blast of the Suzuki's warming up on Friday morning. I'll never forget that moment, eating a box lunch in the grandstands with chopsticks, and then all the hairs on my body stood on end . . . .

Two songs for you this race, both gifts from people who Rock!

GP07 Shanghai 1

GP07 Shanghai 2

Not only that, new shirt designs are out now thanks to MotoIan in Redwood City! Check them out here:

P.S. I know I sold four shirts in April - you guys better send me some photos!



Congrats on the two year anniversary since you got the GP fever.

I'm finally taking the plunge to buy a couple of your shirts. Dude...I'm a sucker for anything with a skull and crosswrenches!:)

Just sitting here now and listening to these cool tunes as I get psyched up for the week. Have a blast and kick some ass in Shanghai!!!

yo liam,

can't wait to see the bologna bullets head down the straights. this reminds me of a one of the funniest scenes in a movie EVAR!!!

Dark Helmet: [as seeing the Eagle 5 go off with its Hyper Jets] Wait!
[raises his mask up]
Dark Helmet: What happened? Where are they?
Colonel Sandurz: I do'nt know sir. They must have hyper jets on that thing.
Dark Helmet: And what do we have on this thing? A Cuisinart?
Colonel Sandurz: No, sir.
Dark Helmet: Well, find them, catch them!
Colonel Sandurz: Yes, sir.
[picks up the intercom]
Colonel Sandurz: Prepair ship for light speed.
Dark Helmet: No, no, no. Light speed is too slow.
Colonel Sandurz: Light speed is too slow?
Dark Helmet: Yes. We're gonna have go right to... ludicrous speed.
[everybody gasps]
Colonel Sandurz: Ludicrous speed? Sir, we've never gone that fast before. I do'nt know if this ship can take it.
Dark Helmet: What's the matter Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?
Colonel Sandurz: [Wimpering] Prepair ship!
[Calms down]
Colonel Sandurz: Prepair ship, for Ludicrous speed. Fasten all seat belts.
[everybody fastens in their seat belts and locks all of the doors]
Colonel Sandurz: Seal all enterances and exits. Lock all stores in the mall. Cancel the 3-ring circus. Secure all animals in the zoo...
Dark Helmet: [Takes the intercom from Sandurz] Gimme that, you petty excuse for an officer!
[speaks into the intercom as Sandurz puts on his seat belt]
Dark Helmet: Now hear this, Ludicrous speed...
Colonel Sandurz: [Interrupts] Sir, you better buckle up.
Dark Helmet: [to Sandurz] Ah, buckle this.
[Into the intercom]
Dark Helmet: Ludicrous speed, go!
[Spaceball 1 begins to go so fast that Helmet is hanging on the ledge and is screaming as Spaceball 1 goes from light speed to ridiculous speed and then to ludicrous speed]
Dark Helmet: What have I done? My brains... are going into my feet.
[the sceneoutside changes from straight lines to some kind of Plad color and sails over the Eagle 5]
Barf: what the hell was that?
Lone Starr: Spaceball 1.
Barf: They've gone to plad.

Spaceballs rulez!!!

Have a safe trip

somebody needs to call ahead and warn China that MotoLiam is on the way. no worries with MotoGP, that's chump change ...

OK, OK. I think I bought three of 'em. :)


Best of Luck. Steer clear of the fowl. Greg

brilliant songs, as ever. Hey, i surely dig that Skull shirt. Where is it available ?

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