Mixed bag in the motorcycle world today. First and foremost, I have to express my condolences to the family and fans of pioneering designer Michael Czysz, who passed away yesterday after a long fight with a rare type of cancer. For those unfamiliar with his work, Michael conceived, financed and built a revolutionary race bike with the dream of entering and competing as a privateer in MotoGP competition. Changes to GP rules forced repeated redevelopment of the bike to the point where the bike was never able to to run a race, but Michael’s dedication to the design created the Ep1C electric race bike which has gone on to win at the Isle Mann four times. For more background, please watch the “Birth of a Racer” documentary series, part one can be found here http://motoczysz.com/images/uploads… Truly the motorcycle world has lost an icon.
On the brighter side, the MotoGP premier class race in LeMons provided quite a shakeup in the championship standings, and has made something of a comedy of errors in the factory Ducati team paddocks. Regardless, not much more can be said about Lorenzo’s dominant performance for practice to qualifying to pole to the finish line. With Marquez (in rather bizarre fashion) tucking into the kitty litter along with Dovi, Iannone and a host of others throughout the race, Vale’s podium finish was a tremendous gift for fans and Yamaha alike. And whether you like him or hate him, props to Marc for getting back up on a bike most riders would’ve left for the corner workers and scoring what points he could. After the lessons learned last season, every point can make a huge difference, ask Max Biaggi from about the 2012 WSBK title.