Friday, February 27, 2009
As we get the first hints of sun and spring, it's always worth remembering what the warmer sunnier days of summer bring... Yep, JT with his kit off again. Here he is with his famous de-leathered victory celebrations to help you look forward to him next topping the podium :-)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
MotoGP is certainly missing an Angel- in the form of "Rodri"!
The former 125cc rider jumped ship to the Spanish CEV Supersport Championship in 2007, taking out the 600cc crown at the end of 2008. And while most will remember him for his extradionary performance during the 2001 125cc Australian GP, where the rookie Rodriguez ran with the leaders until he was forced into the gravel by Simone Sanna, you could be forgiven for recalling the tattooed, pierced Spaniard based on his unholy good looks. Devilish.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
In a shift aside from the main MotoGP category again, here's a cool pic of Britain's Tom Sykes - formerly of BSB, and Ben Spies hanging out at the Portuguese WSBK tests in 2008 at the awesome new Portimao track.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
It's a bit early to say how well they're going to gel as teammates at Ducati in 2009, but there's clearly no doubt how well Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden are sorted when it comes to gelling with regard to haircare products...
And whilst Nicky's gone for the painfully stylish "just woken up and spent several hours making it look like I've just woken up" tufty look, Casey's gone all out for the brilliant "Holy crap! I've just seen something bloody terrifying!" on-end 100% vertical look. Bless...
Everyone's favourite multiple MotoGP
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Sete is back. The grandson of Don Paco Bultò, founder of Bultaco, will be in the MotoGP paddock again this season after two years of absence. The Spaniard has a long and illustrious history with Valentino Rossi, finished runner-up in the championship twice and is known for a sometimes a bit "anomalous" style. Especially his long hair, compared with some dramatic entrances gave him the mock nickname "Queen" and it didn't help that his new team Onde 2000 Ducati translated their first press release with the statement that Sete is returning to the Queen Class of MotoGP. Whilst this is correct in Spanish, it provoked a few laughters from the English-spreaking press, but Sete is just out to enjoy riding again and seems to have calmed down a lot during his two sabbaticals. We wish the oldest rider of the class all the best for his first year of return.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Our Hotties send you kisses...
... and encourage you to show your love to your Valentine. Whether it is with a hug...
... or with a kiss.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :D
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Oh, hello there, gorgeous.
This lovely young man is not a racer anymore, but he used to be. Lucio Cecchinello was a 125cc rider himself until 2003, a season in which he scored two wins including his home GP in Mugello. Now he is the team manager of LCR Honda, a team which he set up himself back in 1996 with 125cc bikes while being part of it at the same time. He also build up Casey Stoner in the team including his first year in MotoGP. Overall a very impressive effort Cecchinello made with his team so far.
But even if it sucked - you have to admit that it can not be the worst fate to have a boss who looks like that...
Reigning Henderson Yamaha R1 Cup champion Jon Kirkham joins Jentin Racing for the 2009 British Superbike Championship, adding to the ranks both in genuine sporting talent and fresh-faced totty-count. Here he is at Mallory Park back in 05, getting in the zone with a little help from his iPod.
You can follow Jon's 2009 progress here...
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The 250cc class will see a new face this season and a new nation as well. Vladimir Leonov is the first Russian to ever ride in the MotoGP championship, joining the ranks of the German Kiefer Racing Team. The 21-year-old from Donetsk near the Ukrainian border competed in the International German Championship for the last two years on Supersport machinery and will make his debut on the 250cc bikes with an Aprilia.
Obviously the championship is now not only another nation, but also another Hottie richer.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Just to make sure that you don't forget what racer skin looks like, here's a perfect example of a naked rider in form of James Ellison. Mr. Ellison, who will again be competing in the British Superbike championship this season, also shows that it is vital to choose the right tyres at the right moment. And wet weather tyres seem appropriate in this situation as some unsuspecting viewers might get a little heated and sweaty when stumbling into a scene with a naked Superbike Hottie. Just in case.
Daijiro Kato is a name to everyone interested in MotoGP. He was the last MotoGP rider who died through a racing incident back in 2003. Before the horrific crash in Suzuka, he was Japan's big hope, the one talent who beat record after record, even winning races as a wildcard and the one rider who could make history, becoming bigger than Valentino Rossi. But sadly that wasn't to be. Japan and the world of MotoGP racing lost one of their future heroes.
But already during his lifetime, Daijiro was being celebrated like a popstar in Japan, causing teenage girls to scream wherever he went, adoring his boyish good looks and his cool style. One perfect package.
Monday, February 9, 2009
We step aside from MotoGP again today and over to British Superbikes, and in particular to Ashford-born spikey-top Leon Camier - a genuine BSB star even though he only started in the series in 2007, and lining up alongside James Ellison in the Airwaves Yamaha Team for the 2009 season.
His nickname is "Shafter" apparently...
We're not even going to begin thinking about explaining that one!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
If you watched just one 125cc race last season, you know about this guy. Team owners love him, commentators love him and podiums love him as well. It's the new German sensation Stefan Bradl and all throughout last season he's been piling up more and more fans with his racing skills, his modesty and his sweetness. He's like a cute puppy that you just want to cuddle all day long. And one hell of a fast puppy he is. ;)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
With the FIM publishing the provisional entry list for the 2009 Superstock 1000cc championship today, we see two of the cutest ex-125cc riders together in one class during the coming season - Pere Tutusaus and Ismael Ortega. Pere will ride a KTM for Team Goeleven while Isma will be on a Kawasaki for Team Pedercini. Interestingly enough they've both once been in the same team as Alvaro Bautista - who's arguably the cutest guy of all. Coincidence? ;)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
It's time for another one of the more unknown faces. In 2006 Robert Muresan has brought Romania into MotoGP. The first Romanian world championship rider started off with a few wildcard entries and scored a full season ride with Aki Ajo in 2007. Last season he was part of the Kiefer Racing Team with this year's title contender Stefan Bradl as his teammate. Since Romania is one of the few participants in the world championship without an own racetrack, it is all the more impressive that Robert got this far in road racing. We are not quite sure what he'll do this season, but we're confident he'll be seen on two wheels somewhere.