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!
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!
Now let's go get some BIG SPEED! YEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAWWWW!