-- Intro - This is another regular column from a former mechanic that many
people in the Australian Superbike paddock would have come across before. Indy
Sam worked for Paul Free and Honda Racing Australia for a number of years before
taking the plunge and heading overseas to gain more experience in the big pond
of World Championship motorcycle racing. This year Indy is off the tools and providing
special tour packages at each MotoGP race event. To book/enquire about the MechMoto GP Tour, please contact
-- Indy Sam - 2013 # 4 - Over Cooked and Carbon Black
No it’s not a spray tan, I actually got darker in Catalunya if you’re wondering who the coloured guy is in the photos. I decided that I’d start showing you all a few of the nice fellas around the MotoGP paddock and who are supporting the young Aussies coming over and giving up everything to race for life. That other Spanish lad aka the Mexican Giraffe in the photos is my best mate Marc Cañellas, who know’s basically everyone in the paddock, or should I say everyone knows him.
I’m heading off to Albacete tomorrow for the Spanish Moto2 & 3 Championship, I’ll be travelling with David Cabau and Maria Herrera, the first girl to win a race in this championship which is the best stepping stone to MotoGP. I wasn’t keen for the four hour drive south of Spain until I got offered a lift by good ol’ Dave, he’s a chatterbox like me so we’ll be gas bagging non-stop for sure.
Olly Simpson gave us a call today asking me for help this weekend, I gotta show him how to be cool, you know, like wearing a massive smile all day and making everyone suspicious as to why you’re happy haha.
It was an awesome race in Catalunya, probably the best race I’ve been to in nine years of working in motorcycle racing. I met with Javier Alonso on Saturday who runs WSBK and is the next in charge under Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP, I explained to him how Jack Miller will be our youngest up and coming Aussies. He gave us some guidance as to where he thinks Jack should be next season and how he also believes Jack is something special, especially due to his character, which is similar to Vale’s in my opinion, but I’ll ask him in Assen to see what he thinks.
Thomas Luthi showed me the red marks on his arm where they gave him the pain killer injections, there were around 20 dots the size of a full stop mark on his lower inner forearm and he reckons he’s about 60 per cent alright now as his bone was shattered in a few different places during pre-season testing. His third place was celebrated well and I got a bit light headed after a few generous swigs of the champagne, but mainly cause I was too nervous to eat all Sunday after watching Jack race! I had tears in my eyes when he moved into second place, he couldn't believe that fresh tyres would have grip until the end of race, he had 2012 tyres in Mugello so they were a bit slippery so to speak, we gave his tyre mechanic a few tips for this race! Unfortunately, his Honda overheated mid race and he dropped back due to loss of power. He was wearing a crocodile skin hat which I took a picture of, what a legend!
Luis Salom won the Moto3 race & it was good to see an old mate get another win, especially when he is still recovering from arm injuries. He was Glenn Scott's CEV teammate back in 2008. Pol Esparago won the Moto2 race and said he's nearly back to his normal confidence level, he doesn't stop smiling either, even though his setup isn't perfect yet.
I hung around for the MotoGP test the following Monday after the race to check out the riding styles of a few guys, boy does Lorenzo just love dragging his elbows around the place, he’s nearly getting his shoulders down and that’s amazing to watch only a few metres away from the punk speed demon.
I dragged young Olly Simpson and his twin sister Taylah around to meet Nicky Haden who’s my age and a polite chilled out dude, he was a bit hurt from the crash in the race and couldn’t shake Olly's hand but gave him a tapped closed fist instead, much cooler. He asked Ollys racing number and said he’d look out for him in Assen, he respected any man who rebounds 5m off a steel wall and races five weeks later recovering from a broken radius and foot. Olly’s only 42kg and 15 years old, a real Aussie hero!
Colin Edwards had a moment to chat about how the new bike is a little better, but was more interested in talking about how Jack Miller and Arthur Sissis needed as much support as they could get from around the world. He’s a top bloke, much like Bayliss in character. I pumped out some Tupac while leaving Catalunya Circuit for the last time, the security guards loved it, bopping their heads and waving to me, yeah maan!
-- Previous Indy Sam Columns
-- Indy Sam - 2013 # 1 - Marinating In Jerez
-- Indy Sam - 2013 # 2 - Fried Frogs in Le Mans
-- Indy Sam - 2013 # 3 - Ant never gives up
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