Last updated on August 10th, 2015
Le moto sono Fantastiche
So, first things first: Hello everyone. I’m Pierre, I’m not the most well-known user on here, but those of you who have spoken with me at least five minutes will already know that my main passion, aside from videogaming, is riding motorcycles. I’m 30 years old, and I started riding when I was 6, racing mini-cross and then going up the ”ladder”, meaning moving along the different classes: 50cc mini-cross, 80cc motocross, 125cc MX, and so on.
My motocross ”career” came to an abrupt stop when I was 18, when, while training, I missed a jump, the bike flipped mid-air and I landed on my back. Yeah, it wasn’t pretty. Lung-compression, a cracked vertebrae (was it…the 7th?), broken ribs on the whole right side of my torso, dislocated right shoulder, broken right wrist, and I can’t even remember how many fractures I had on the fingers of my right hand!
At the time, I considered forgetting about bikes altogether. But… I couldn’t help it. Just couple months after the accident I was riding another bike, this time a track one. And since the love for motorsports runs wild and free in my family, there was nobody willing to stop me as it came as no surprise I would also become obsessed with them.
About four months after my big crash, with all fractures now healed, I decided to stop both motocross and racing and instead focus on a different challenge: Track bikes. My first track day was at the ”Varano de Melegari circuit”, a small track located near the hills of where I live, in Italy. The track is actually not a bad, but since nowadays I’m riding bikes with at least 160hp, it feels a little too small… it’s still a very fun circuit if you have a 600cc or a naked bike.
My tool for that day was a 2003 Suzuki GsxR 600 Al*Stare, featured picture of this article! A really honest bike: no overwhelming power, but a fine chassis, and, most importantly for a Noobie such as I was back in the day, a very neutral and ”reassuring” ride.
Oh what a day it was! Tension was peaking: for a guy used to jump and race knee-deep in the mud, an asphalt track was something very different to deal with… and my back would probably not appreciate another crash landing on this new surface. Lap after lap thou, everything clicked into place. I was doing nice lap-times, and most importantly, I was having fun, knee-dragging and all.
Since that day I’ve bought, tried, and also destroyed many many sportbikes. These articles will feature my anecdotes and adventures as a motorsports enthusiast, starting with my current bike, a Ducati 1098s. See you next article!