Friday, March 09, 2018

Memories of Riding Perpignan South West France and Roundup of Motogp News



Hi Folks,

Memories of Riding in Perpignan France in 2011 to share with you all and a roundup of Motogp news from around the web as well.

Hope everyone is well and survived the beast!

This weather is really testing isn't it.

Not only can we not get out on our bike but I can't get up to the allotment to do the all important sowing of seeds.

Hopefully the weather will settle soon and things will get more exciting ay.

It was treacherous for me walking into work, all up hill and very slippery but being the positive person that I am got there.

Thanks to one of my friends, Mandy, who gave me a lift home I didn't have to negotiate with the down hill climb which I know I would have slipped on if I had of walked home.



Before I start checking out what has been written about around the web in the world of Motogp and the riders, I want to thank you all again for the wonderful, truly remarkable pictures that you have shared with me on Facebook and Twitter.

A special mention also must go out to my virtual facebook friend Ramon Pont, many of the pictures included in my blogs have been taken by this photographers steady hand and have been shared with me on facebook.
Thank you Ramon.

In this blog I have also been reflecting on holidays past with my hubby, this tour was in the area of Perpignan in Southern France and into Spain, I hope you enjoy the pictures.

I have come unstuck a little as I asked you all to share any events or activities with me by sending them via e-mail, address can be found right hand side of the page. The problem is that I am unable to download the information onto my blog.

Being one that perserveres I have set up a Motorbikes and me page on my Trudy Cooper facebook page where you will find all the posts and others that are shared with me. Take a look and get involved, I would love to hear from you all.

O.k with Motogp just about to get back on track we can all start to get prepared and excited for the season, who's your bet on I wonder, me, well I really want Rossi to achieve his goal this season and I think as long as the bike doesn't let him down he will succeed, go Rossi that's what I say.

That said, I love to watch all the riders and it wouldn't be Motogp if there wasn't extremely competitive competition from them all would it.



Moving on....


Let's see what's being said around the web shall we, with just a few days to go, it seems to have been a very long winter....


Rossi:- I'm quite happy after this test, especially after this afternoon, because I think we've worked hard in these last few days and also in the first part of today. 

This afternoon we put it all together and I was able to do a very good lap for second position and I also had a good rhythm, what a good place.

 But, we are all still very close in the time sheets, there are a lot of riders that are strong. We continue to suffer with the tyres, front and rear, and I did just half a race distance.

 We have to try to understand what will happen from that point until the end of the race - we will see in two weeks'. Quote - Movistar Yamaha





Vinales:- In the last 40 minutes I think we made a big step. I feel good on the bike, but not at 100% yet, so there's still room for improvement. 

Anyway, we did three days of hard work, and we got a bit lost along the way. During those moments I couldn't push and it shows we need to keep focused and pay attention when we make changes, because in the last 40 minutes it felt like a completely different bike. Like I said, we need to keep working.

 I think if I were to do a time attack right now, I could do a really good lap time. As soon as I got on the bike, after the changes, I felt comfortable and that I could keep a good rhythm - not as good as last year yet, but after today we came to some conclusions. Quote Movistar Yamaha 






Zarco:- Overall, it was a great day, we made some huge improvements with the new tyre and I'm happy about that. With used tyres we also had a good pace and the conditions were pretty interesting today. 

We were better than yesterday, as we found what was missing But we're still working on it.

 I feel we are on a good level, but maybe not on the top level to fight for the victory. So it's quite obvious, that we still have some work to do.

 What I can feel on the bike is really nice, the top speed is great as well, yet I enjoy riding here a lot. For tomorrow, we'll try some more details to further improve'. Quote Monster Yamaha Tech3





Syahrin:- 'I'm very happy with the progress we made today. We have a good base and now started to try more new things on the bike, like trying to manage the tyres, plus trying to understand all the electronics, today especially the traction control.  

As I'm a Motogp beginner, I still need to learn a lot. The team work today was very good and we managed to close the gap to all the other rookies, even if I'm just in the middle of my second test.

 We hope to continue this fantastic development tomorrow.' Quote Monster Yamaha Tech3



Lorenzo:- 'Here we have some chassis to try to simulate the performance of the 2017 bike, but they didn't work.  So it's going to be complicated to make a mix between the engine and the chassis. 

So for the moment, we are concentrating and focused on the new bike, and I think we have some margin to improve. 

I could be very good from the beginning of the session, with good pace to the last hour. The temperature of the track went low, and with the more humidity I didn't have the same feeling. We need to understand why , so we change tyres and everything changes, all the feelings change.

 But, till the last hour I was very competitive, and I led the classification for a few hours. So I feel much better now. Quote Autosport




Dovizioso:- 'I'm happy, I have a really good feeling, even better than last year. We already improved the bike from last year a little bit in Malaysia with the new bike, it was a little bit better.

We are still working with the new chassis and new fairing. I'm happy with the way the Ducati works until now.

Still we have to take a decision about the base for the first round.' Quote - Autosport




Iannone:- 'I'm not some rookie who gets excited by finishing a day fastest; we are here for different reasons. 

My goal remains to fight for important positions. I am being honest, and I don't want to take the piss. 

Being the fastest rider doesn't count for anything, we need to understand what will happen on the race weekend. I'm calm because at the moment I can ride the bike pretty well, but in the race simulation we can't hide - we suffer too much, like we did in 2017. 

This is because the bike gets nervous when the tyre drops, especially at the front. This is why we still have to work on some aspects. I am happy with our speed, but not 100% satisfied.

 We have limits, on the straights we have a lot of trouble overtaking, for example. We are slow.

 This is something we need to fix ahead of the race.' Quote -  Autosport





Rins:- 'I think this pre-season was really good for us, In Malaysia and Buriram we were trying many new parts that they bring to these tests, and Qatar was a little bit to confirm everything works. And is like that, that was three really positive days in Qatar testing everything. I did a small race simulation, and also the rhythm, the pace was quite good. 

So I think this is one of the best pre-seasons for us. They worked really hard this pre-season in Japan to try to create a competitive bike, and I've just been on the bike trying to do my maximum, do the laps at full gas, and I think that we found something. 

I'm confident with the bike, the package I think is perfect'. Quote Autosport






Marquez:- 'If you look at the rhythm from long rush at the end of the test, it looks like even Petrucci can be very fast in the race! Cal was very fast and consistent. Zarco was fast for one lap even if he struggled more on his long run, at the end of the day Valentino was very fast, and Dovi will be the strongest one.

But we're ready to race, and we've had a good pre-season. We worked hard in Malaysia, in Thailand and again in Qatar and did a lot of laps to try and understand the bike. We struggled a little bit more at Losail, which I expected, but we made a bigstep on pace on the final day, which I'm happy about because it's been my weakest point there'. Quote Motorcycle News


2018 Motogp Championship Calendar
  • 18th March > Qatar
  • 8th April > Argentina
  • 22 April > Americas
  • 6th May > Spain
  • 20th May > France
  • 3rd June > Italy
  • 17th June > Catalunya
  • 1st July > Netherlands
  • 15th July > Germany
  • 5th August > Czech Republic
  • 12th August > Austria
  • 26th August > Great Britain
  • 9th September > San Marino
  • 23rd September > Aragon
  • 7th October > Thailand
  • 21st October > Japan
  • 28th October > Australia
  • 4th November > Malaysia
  • 18th November > Valencia





DESTINATION TRIUMPH - SOLENT 2018 DIARY OF EVENTS

March
Thursday 15th Pub night "meet and greet". The Delme Arms pub near Fareham
Join us for the evening for a pre-season meet and greet and discussion about forthcoming events this year.
Meet at the pub from 7 p.m. (The pub postcode is PO16 8QY)

April
Sunday 1st Arundel (80miles)
Easy run along the A272 to drop down to Arundel for refreshments in one of the many cafes before returning home.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

Sunday 15th Lord Mayor of Havant classic vehicle run (50 miles)
Ride to  Havant Plaza car park for the annual classic vehicle show of bikes and cars on display. Ride out afterwards.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9.15 a.m. departure

Sunday 29th Mystery Ride (150 miles)
Mystery ride planned by our club members. Further details will be published.

May
Sunday 6th Bike 1066 event at Hastings (190 miles)
Join us for a ride to Hastings to participate in an anual event that attracts 20,000 bikers each year.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

Sunday 13th Compton Abbas Vintage Fly-in (120 miles)
Join us for a ride to this popular airfield in the Cranbourne chase. On this day there will be all things vintage at Compton, a vintage themed menu, and lots of interesting vintage aircraft visiting as well as a selection of vintage bikes ad cars.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

Sunday 20th Bikers Breakfast at Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford (170 miles)
On the third Sunday of each month the museum host a breakfast ride-in which is open to all motorcycles.
Participants can chat over a coffee and a hearty breakfast in Cafe 750. The very popular Museum cafe is open from 9.30 a.m.
For more details visit: http://haynesmotormuseum.com/events/haynes-bikers'-breakfast-ride-0
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

June
Sunday 10th Newlands Corner (120 miles)
Join us for a Sunday morning ride through the Surrey Hills to this popular venue for refreshments before returning home early afternoon.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

Sunday 17th Classic Motor Hub, Cotswolds (190 miles)
Ride to the Classic Motor Hub at Bibury Airfield, a destination in the heart of the Cotswold's for all enthusiasts of motor vehicles. Refreshments are available.
For more details visit http://classicmotorhub.com/
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park for an 8.30 a.m. departure

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th Weekend away to Devon (600 miles)
We shall be staying at the Premier Inn, Exeter, Devon. Approximate cost is £350 for the three nights including breakfast and evening meals. The itinery for the weekend is as follows:

  • Friday 22nd we will ride to Exeter, to arrive late afternoon for check in
  • Saturday 23rd we will ride a Westerly loop towards
  • Sunday 24th we will ride an Easterly loop around before returning to Exeter.
  • Monday 25th we will return home following a reverse route of Friday to arrive home late afternoon.
Route maps will be provided for the journey and the two day riding. Contact Mike Spencer-Hicken for an information sheet.

July
Sunday 1st Brooklands museum for the Ace Cafe Ton-up day (120 miles)
Join us for our annual ride to Brooklands for the annual Ace Cafe Ton-up motorcycle day.
For more details visit
 http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/motorcycle-day
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

Sunday 8th Weymouth Harbour (160 miles)
Join us for a ride to the old harbour at Weymouth
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

Sunday 29th Bentley Motor Museum, near East Hoathly (140 miles)
Join us for a ride to this interesting location situated just outside Lewes in a peaceful corner of the East Sussex Countryside. 
For more details visit
http://www.bentley.org.uk/
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

August
Sunday 5th Triumph 1902 Cafe at Hinkley (300 miles)
We are going to ride to Hinkley to visit the 1902 Cafe. Triumph Exhibition and Triumph store. This is a long journey and we will not be returning until later in the day. We will have a few stops along the way. There is the opportunity to have a factory tour which you will have to book for yourselves in advance. For more details     http://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/visitor-experience
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for an 8 a.m. departure

Sunday 19th Treasure Hunt and Sunday Lunch (120 miles)
Something different for the riders. Each rider will have a staggered start to participate in the ride and go off to collect a variety of clues from different locations. A route map will be given to each rider and we will all finish in a country pub for Sunday lunch and prize giving to the winner.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. staggered start

Sunday 26th Didcot Railway Centre (150 miles)
If there is enough interest join us for a trip to this Heritage railway centre in the Chilterns. The centre has a variety of attractions and a good cafe for refreshments. Alternatively we will just have a ride to this area stopping of along the way for refreshments.
For more details visit http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/visitor information/opening.html
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9 a.m. departure

September
Sunday 9th Day on the Isle of Wight (100 miles)
Come along on a trip to the I.O.W for a day of riding around the Island having refreshments and lunch along the way.
Meet at the Portsmouth Ferry Terminal to catch the 9 a.m. ferry to the Isle of Wight

Sunday 23rd Route 1066 Cafe (190 miles)
Join us for a ride to this popular 50's/60's Style Biker & Family Friendly Cafe Diner located on the A21 in the historic 1066 area just outside Battle.
For more details visit http://route1066cafe.co.uk/wp/

October
Sunday 21st Mystery Ride (150 miles)
If agreed another mystery ride planned by our club members. Further details will be published nearer the time.

November
Thursday 1st Pub night at the Delme Arms
End of season pub night for a review of the year's events, and Awards night. Food is available.
Meet at the pub from 7 p.m.

December
Saturday 15th Xmas Meal at The Brookfield Hotel
Annual end of year Xmas party night at the Brookfield Hotel near Emsworth enjoying a three course meal and disco.
The cost is £35 per person, and a £10 deposit per person is required by the end of February to book a place.

Pack Leader Contact Details
Mike Spencer-Hicken - 07757363101 - Email - mike800tt@gmail.com

Note:
With the exception of the weekend away in June, any of the above rides maybe subject to change due to any circumstances beyond Mike's control. In the event of any such cancellation prior notice will be given via email.
Please be aware that Mike reserves the right to cancel any ride if there are insufficient numbers of riders on the day.


So, Motogp Qatar on the 18th March and it can't come soon enough, Triumph meet and greet on the 15th at 7pm and the new season begins.


So I have run out of time for now folks so I will leave you with the memories of riding Perpignan South West France with my hubby.




















































































































Have a great week, until next time, don't forget to check out my motorbikes and me facebook page if you like.

Look after each other and ride safe...


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