RideFast December 2019

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Saturday

Another bright and early start

to the day. We wanted to get

to the track early and not miss

out on anything. This time there

was drama on our way there.

Ten minutes into the ride on

the open A3 Madrid highway

I looked back in the darkness

to see that my brother was

missing. I parked up on the side

and waited 5 minutes, but there

was no sign of him. At this point

I was really stressing and went

a bit further up to see if there

was a gap to turn around and

go find him. As I was about to

turn around I spotted a bike

coming, it was my brother who

had one of the panniers from

the Multistrada Enduro I was

riding strapped to his backpack.

The back-left pannier had fallen

off whilst riding and my brother

somehow avoided crashing after

it smased into his front wheel.

After a huge sigh of relief, and

fitting the pannier on properly

this time, we set of once again

for the track.

6.30am was a bit too early as

nothing happened until around

8am only. We set off back to the

merch section to buy a few more

things before having a breakfast

with the crew at the hospitality.

8.30 and we were once again

spoilt by the KTM factory team,

this time with a tour of their

pits. We were instructed before

heading in that no pictures or

videos were allowed, but once

inside we were told that we

could take pics as all the bike

were fully assembled. It was

great seeing the orange workof-art

that is the KTM RC16 Red

Bull MotoGP bike up close and

personal. We were on Mika

Kallio’s side of the garage, the

bikes that would soon have the

#82 ripped off and replaced with

a 33, that of Brad Binder.

Straight from there we

headed back out on track to

watch the FP3 sessions as well

as Darryn and Brad’s qualifying.

We cheered as Daz managed to

make it through Q1 and into Q2,

where he would end up 9th on

the grid. We were all over the

moon as this would give him a

proper chance at the podium.

After dominating the day

before, smashing the existing

lap record, Brad’s team made

a few unnecessary changes to

the bike and he struggled in the

qualifying session and ended

up 7th on the grid. Naturally he

Our boys with Pol Espargaró

was upset, but we all knew he

is a Sunday man and would be

battling for the win.

Walking back, we headed

straight to Darryn’s pit box

to congratulate him, but the

thrill was short lived as Darryn

was called up to race direction

and handed a back of the grid

penalty for riding slowly in the

Q1 session. Now, this really

pissed me off as I saw the whole

‘so called incident’ happen.

Daz, along with several other

riders headed out of the pits all

together. They all were riding

slowly but did not impede any

fast riders coming through or

cause any danger, so why the

hell the penalty was given I

do not know. They really are

spoiling the Moto3 class with all

this nonsense, just let the guys

race, it’s always been the most

action-packed class to watch

and these rules are going to ruin

it. Having said that, these rules

certainly don’t seem to apply

to other riders. Aaron Canet

caused huge drama at the start

of Sunday’s race, dropping oil on

the circuit causing a 14-minute

delay to the race. He then went

on to start from his original

grid spot. Why no penalty for

him? Oh yes, he is Spanish

and his team owner is Max

Biaggi, so of course no penalty.

I saw first-hand just how the

paddock is against Darryn and

it’s wrong! Yes, there have been

times where he was wrong and

maybe deserved a penalty but

there has been more than one

Signatures from Rossi himself.

A pic with Miguel Oliviera after interviewing him.

occasion this year, including this

one, where he has been unfairly

treated. I hope this does not

happen again next year as you

can see it hits the poor guy hard.

After dealing with the

disappointment of both Darryn

and Brad’s sessions we went

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