2013 MotoGP Austin Test Day 3 Test Times Final: The Ad Men Cometh

The Honda riders continue to work in the afternoon, but much of the attention is turning to entertainment rather than racecraft. Only Blake Young has improved his times, while Marquez and Pedrosa are turning lots of laps for the benefit of innovative camera work. Without the Dorna establishment here to clamp down on media, HRC are pulling out all the stops to shoot 1,000 frame per second corners, eye cameras, and on-board footage.  Look for the Austin track to feature prominently in HRC promotions through the early part of the season.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 02:03.281 00.000  
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 02:03.898 00.617 00.617
3 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 02:04.225 00.944 00.327
4 79 Blake Young Attack 02:12.186 08.905 07.961


Another interesting media note. For fans of the Faster / Fastest series of films, you'll be happy to know that Mark Neale has been on site all week shooting footage for an as-yet unnamed project.

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Of course, Rossi comes back to Yamaha and Mark Neale senses another Rossi love fest to cash in on. It's great to have somebody making movies about MotoGP, but fastest was vomit material of the highest order for anyone who has more than a passing interest in the sport and isn't a flaming Rossi fanatic.

Fastest was certainly largely a hagiography of Rossi as Saint, the only thing missing was suggestions of him curing the sick and feeding a multitude. I personally found it amazing that Neale had persisted so strongly with that theme, given that the question he left us with at the end of the film was already being answered most emphatically while the film was being edited. I daresay there are some, including Michael Scott and Neale himself, being embarrassed by some of the things that film presented.

However, anybody with a sense of motoGp history can see the amazing parallels between the ascent of Marquez and that of Rossi himself to the premier class: a young man with a fearsome reputation moving onto a top-spec bike with a team of prodigious demonstrated talent (multiple WC winning teams) around him. The only thing missing in Marquez's box is the mentoring of a Doohanesque figure - but Gabbarini and Stoner's data, in combination with the stunning similarity of riding styles between Marquez and Stoner before him, suggests to me that Marquez will not be lacking for useful information and guidance.

All the portents are that this season will produce the start of another enduring change of dynamic for motoGp, centering on Marquez this time. The interplay of the new kid in town and the old warrior seeking peace with honour for the end of his career will, I believe, be a fascinating one. Hopefully, Neale will collect the sort of material that can reflect these two stories faithfully.

Bah humbug.

Any attention to this sport broadens market audience. Yeah it's a far fetch that there are only two 100+ Grand Prix winners in the last 65 years and he is covering one of them. Who would have thunk he was covering one of the two still racing to document the sport.

Love or Hate Valentino, I hope he continues to make more focusing on any of the riders he chooses. It is good for the sport only bad to Rossi haters the world over.

Thanks for the heads-up, I've only been watching motorcycle gp racing since about 1976 so I was of course unaware of Rossi's achievements.

You have uncovered the reason, I believe, that people only go to the Tennis to watch Federer, that boxing has no audience appeal since Ali retired and the bottom dropped out of the moving pictures industry once Chaplin hung up his hat. When Armstrong stopped riding the Tour de France it folded and F1 died the day Fangio gave it away. The idea that people could be interested in new faces and new stories is silly and I should have realised this.

If Fastest was meant to be merely a documentary about the career of Valentino Rossi. But Fastest presents itself as a doco about MotoGP, it's racers and what drive them. The implicit fault with Fastest is that Neale keeps trying to portray Rossi as the 'Fastest' when in fact it was obvious that Jorge (and in Hindsight Stoner) had surpassed him. The real protagonists were presented as bit players while Rossi was fawned over to a ridiculous extent.

'Fastest' was a film about the 2010 season.

Stoner was a 'bit part' player ending up 4th.. behind two crocked riders who had SEVEN races off between them. Casey crashed in 5/18 races he started.

Jorge and Val - with the drama of his broken leg and the subsequent comeback - were the main protagonist however much it may upset you.

My favourite bit is when Scott tries to explain Casey's time off mid-season in 2009...questioning his mental fortitude and, telling how the whole paddock was absolutely flabbergasted he had a mindset that allowed him to take three races off, to go fishing as it turned out.

The enduring theme was.."You can't be fastest forever" and how things move on.

Great film that all real race fans would obviously enjoy. Well chuffed they're doing another.

Let's hope that any future Neale film will transcend the tired 'Hero vs. Villain' trope that the entire MotoGP press corps has been promoting and feeding off for the last decade. There's nothing wrong with contrasting the various riders, and playing up the rivalry between them; it's the mandatory, scripted-by-committee, denigration of whoever happens to be challenging The Chosen One at the time that has outlived its welcome.

As for Michael Scott, while his nauseating fawning over All Things Yellow may induce severe gastrointestinal distress in racing fans and fellow journalists, I strongly suspect that he himself is physically incapable of feeling embarrassment.

Scott lost me with his GP Week columns in which he criticized the riders who were complaining that Simoncelli's riding was out of bounds. He kept insisting that Simo was "exciting" and that the sport needed more of that. Ugh.

I am glad to read that I am not the only one who finds the manufactured "Hero vs. Villain" script tiresome. Good racing and good stories don't require someone to be the "moustache-twirling villain."

Racing writes its own scripts, with heartbreak, adversity and triumph in abundance. What could you have added to last year's WSBK title fight that was better than what was happening on the track?