Arriving at NH La Maquinista we found a comfortable modern hotel the rooms having free wifi, airconditioning and satellite TV with English, French, Italian and Spanish channels. We didn't opt for breakfast as this is only available from 8.00am at the weekends and we preferred to have an early start. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel was next to La Maquinista open air shopping mall, This was an impressive development with a huge variety of cafes and restaurants on the top floor. I can recommend the Catalan sausages and patatas bravas with local beer we enjoyed in the evenings at The Butipà cafe. Live music added to the atmosphere.
Different music each day at La Maquinista
The trains to Montmeló were every 30 minutes and the journey was about 15 minutes. The trains were clean, in good condition, very smooth and came when they were meant to - unlike in the UK. From the station we didn't have to look for circuit directions we just followed everyone else. Many of the local shops on the route were selling bottles of water and freshly prepared sandwiches at the roadside, a far cheaper option than buying at the circuit. However canned drinks were not allowed through the gates so don't get caught out like I and many others did.
Just join the flow
The walk took around 30 minutes, a shuttle bus was available about halfway into the walk but it just didn't seem worthwhile and there was plenty to take in. Tickets scanned at the circuit gate we then had to queue for a bag search as canned drinks were not allowed. I had the choice of drinking my can of Coke or forfeiting it - I let it go as I'd been drinking water along the way. I saw a number of people taking cans back to their cars. The pain of having a can taken from me like a naughty kid eased when we got to the Monster area as drinks were free.
Monster Energy tower contained replica bikes and game stations.
A major feature seemed to be the girls……..
which of course kept the lads happy!!
On a hot day like this the free drinks tent was busy all day.
The circuit itself is fantastic plenty of grandstands, well positioned monitors and good spectator banks.
You have to admire the lengths some fans go to….
but these Maverick Viñales fans were the most original.
As for the races Lorenzo won a slightly dull race with Rossi closing him down for second, with Dani Pedrosa a distant third. The best race of the day was the Moto3 event in which the lead was continually changing. Danny Kent always looked to be in control and sure enough crossed the finish line in front of Enea Bastianini. Moto2 was won by Zarco from Rins and Rabat with Sam Lowes just missing out on a podium spot.
I'd definitely go again, travelling is easy, the circuits great and the weather hot but I've never been to Italy…….
Heres part of their press release
The bike is going to be given away at the NEC later this year, in a free prize draw. Many people assumed that the bikes they rode were Triumph’s latest Scrambler model; and that was because, like the Scrambler, those bikes wore a high-level, off road, Arrow exhaust. But, in fact, the starting point was nothing other than a humble Bonneville.Motolegends acquired their donor bike, a 2001 model, from a local ex-policeman. Even though it was over 10 years old, it had been meticulously looked after, and so presented an excellent starting point for the project. The build was actually incredibly simple, and although the end result is quite dramatic, the work is well within the scope of any budding ,‘bike-shed’ mechanic. Part one was the strip-down. Off came the mudguards, the indicators, the rear grab rail, the exhaust, and so on. What was left was treated to a matt black paint job that included the wheels, fuel tank, engine casing, cylinder head and, handlebars on.The wheels were re-shod with Metzler Karoo 3s as per the original bike; rubber fork gaiters were added, the seat was re-trimmed, and a new rear mudguard and number plate holder was fabricated. The pièce de résistance, and the most expensive single part on the bike, was the Arrow exhaust. But it only comes in a metal finish, so it was sent off for a black ceramic coating. A bracket was fabricated, to allow it to hang correctly off the side of the bike. Final touches involved moving the rear brake master cylinder to a new location, as the rear brake positioning couldn’t have been at all convenient on the original bikes. Discrete indicators were then fitted front and back. On the Amazon bikes there were no rear indicators; just front ones. The end result is a bike that somehow seems more than the sum of its parts. There are hugely complicated and intricate builds out there that sometimes fail to hit the spot. This bike is simplicity itself, yet has an undeniable wow factor to it. With the baffle removed, the bike sounds far better than a Bonneville has any right to. Being lighter than the original, it handles well, and the Metzeler tyres give a purposeful look, without any real detrimental effect as far as rideabilty and comfort are concerned. The bike was built by Phil and Graham at FCL in Cranleigh. Including the original bike, parts, paint labour and so on, the build came in at around £10k, although some specialists are demanding £16,000 or more for similar replicas. It’s got to be said that, close as the bike is to Beckham’s, it’s not a slavish reproduction. But it’s certainly not far off!
Conditions improved in the afternoon and it was no surprise to see both Kiyonari and Byrne looking the class of the field. Unfortunately Kiyo crashed near the end of the final session leaving Byrne to top the timing sheets with Danny Buchan on the Be Wiser Kawasaki taking second place. Kiyonari who was bruised but otherwise ok finished in third spot.
1 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 1m:31.145
2 Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +0.222s
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0230s
4 Jakub Smrz (Lloyds British Ducati) +0.243s
5 Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.284s
6 James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.303s
7 Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +0.318s
8 Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +0.380s
9 Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.680s
10 Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +0.890s
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW)
Kiyo in the pit lane walkabout
Over at the MV garage….
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
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