-- 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 # 5 - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Hitching a lift with David Cabau from Monlau School, which runs the Estrella Damm Repsol Moto3 Team, I was fortunate to be in the presence of young Maria Herrera, the first girl to win a spanish motorcycle race.
It was a car jam packed which took a tetris world champion like myself to figure out how to arrange the baggage. You know, with my history of packing race trucks and having competitions of who could pack it the fastest, we’ve won a few championships over the years so I figured the combination out quickly to load us up for the five hour drive.
We picked Maria up from school as she was taking all her uniforms home and had two trunk loads just for herself, not forgetting Glenn Scott’s unicycle I had in there for young Olly Simpson, who I was meeting up with at Albecete for the Spanish National championships that weekend.
The weekend there was hot, so some champagne was needed after the Sunday race, I got to finish some from the bottle of Petronas Hero from Malaysia Mr Syahrin who came third in the Moto2 race due to arm complications. He could have easily won it, and is such a nice guy as well, his teammate won in the Moto3 class, and I had to help him of course with his champagne so I was a bit light headed on the drive back.
Coming to Assen on the Wednesday, I was all excited to see everyone again after the week break! I ran in to Scott Redding and harassed him about why his mechanics put 'Breathe' or 'Want It' on his pit board and he’d go even faster, but he wouldn’t tell me the prick. I jumped out in front of his scooter a few times over the weekend to get him back but he still wouldn’t budge while Alex Marquez and Alex Rins would just laugh when I did that and slide to a stop sideways for a quick enthusiastic chat.
Marc and Alex Marquez’s mama is the craziest lil lady, pulling me down to my knees with my cap for a laugh while still slapping her kids around if they acted tough heh. She’s never there though normally, only their dad, who slides around sideways on his electric bicycle which scares the absolute bejeepers outta me, so I’m always jumping around screaming at him to slow down as a joke. He doesn’t speak a word of English so I’m constantly just telling him in Spanish how big balls his sons have, especially Marc who manages to amaze everyone at least once each weekend with some hover manoeuvre he pulls out of his you know what!
I bumped into Vale’s best buddy Uccio and chatted to him about Rossi’s young rider school and also his quick times in the practice sessions due to a few front end changes. He’s interested to help me with our buddy Ant West, he’s a surprisingly sharp dude too. Vale’s Saturday race win was a big statement of confidence for the remainder of the season, which questions the 2013 title excitingly.
Finally getting some proof of the pain these soliders brave, you can see the injections needed before each session daily on Thomas Luthi’s arm and his bruising. Lorenzo crashed heavily on Friday but raced with a broken collar bone that Saturday which had been pinned quickly overnight. These young heroes don’t get the respect they deserve but you know what, the fast ones don’t give it a damn anyway, they’re out there just having fun, like Rossi still is. Not living the dream, they’re just simply living, their life..
It was great to see Rossi in form and dancing playfully on the bike confidently, we’ll be sure to see a fantastic fight in Sachsenring next week, maybe between Marquez and the doctor I might bet.
Dominique Aegerter was pleased as punch to scrap for third in Moto2 which felt like a win for the team as well, he made an awesome battle.
Ant felt around 50% confident in the front during the race which dropped him back quite a few positions after an awesome start unfortunately. Pol Esparago won consecutively after his win in Monmelo and is gaining confidence rapidly while his hospitality chief Tony kept gaining confidence in dragging me inside for some food, which I finally gave into ahh, Tony was Sito Pon's mate since they were young lads in the World Championship.
Old mate Luis Salom won a fierce fight against his other three rivals, Alex Rins, Maverick Viñales and Alex Marquez, that trio all 18 whilst Luis is a tad older at 24. Passing two into a corner in the final laps, it was a super sic war which ended gracefully. Rins was a little down afterwards as he came third in the fight but I cheered him up about the training camp we might organise for the crazy young lads with Vale. He’s got a wicked smile which brightens up all the young ladies waiting for his autograph outside his box and I hated seeing him all dazed. Alex Marquez was pushing his wheel trolley down to Dunlop as his mechanic was sick and I made him laugh pretending to be the paparazzi, but then the actual photographers came down and copied my idea the mofo's!!
Well it’s off back home to BCN for a few days break. Then might head up to Madrid to see Ant and do a bit of motocross on his two 350 dirt bikes before Sachsenring. Sounds better than waiting for the forks to be rebuilt off our CR250 me and Marc Cañellas got at home. Can’t wait to get back to Oz though, I cannot wait, just love home and I miss my car, poor girl, don’t worry I’ll be black!
-- 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
-- Indy Sam - 2013 # 4 - Over Cooked and Carbon Black
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