Race day, last day in Brno
|Travel From||–||Brno, Czech Republic|
|Intermediate Location||–||Moto GP race at Brno|
|Ending Location||–||Brno, Czech Republic|
|Miles Driven Today||–||0 Miles|
|Total Trip Mileage||–||2948 Miles|
|Countries visited Today||–|
|Countries visited on trip||US, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia|
No mileage ridden today
The morning arrival report from the track
The Cappuccino story
Let’s get down to racing
Today’s agenda had each of the three classes on the track for about 20 minutes, for a warmup session. This was followed by the Moto 3 race, followed by the Moto 2 race, and then an hour break, before the Moto GP race was scheduled to start at 2:00 PM. But, spoiler alert, the race doesn’t start at 2:00 PM.
And they’re off…
Well, now that we’re ready to go, and the bikes are staged on the grid, it’s time to see what lap one of a MotoGP race looks like.
Race recap and summary
Well, as you’ve heard in some of my reports, I was rooting for Valentino Rossi, but today was not to be his day. Valentino started 6th, and finished 6th. The Yamaha has simply not been competitive this year, and so Rossi is now in the middle of his longest slump ever. it’s a shame, but he’s still an amazing rider.
That said, Marc Marquez won the race, without every looking back. From the start, he dominated, while others fought for table scraps. I would not say that it was an especially exciting race, and also, I wanted to say that the Brno track, while a beautiful track, does not really offer very many good places from which to watch the race. Much of the track is restricted for VIP tents, and for people who purchased packages, so throughout the entire weekend, I was only able to watch the race from 3 different GA areas, and from my grandstand seat at T1. Nevertheless, it is great to have attended a MotoGP race, especially one in Brno.
As promised last night, Dennis and Arthur took me to a restaurant called Go, which is famous for their Pho. The spring rolls were amazing, and the pho was simply the best.
After dinner, we walked through the square, and visited a castle, and saw a few sights. I’ve built a photo gallery to show you some of the pictures of the square, and the castle. And so, after hanging out for a few days, I must bid farewell to these two gentlemen, and wish them well with their lives, and hope that we come to see each other again.
Oh, one more thing
As you travel through cities, sometimes spending 2, 3 or even 4 days in these cities, it really pays to done thing right, above all else. You need to find a skilled, friendly, trustworthy bartender. Without a good bartender, you’ll be lost, but if you find the right guy or gal, you’ll be well taken care of.
And so was the case in Brno. On the very first night, I met Thomas, who began to educate me on why a draft beer should have foam, what kind, and how much foam. And so began one of many conversations we had. Over the course of the 4 days, Thomas looked after us, helping when he could, and leaving us alone when appropriate. In other words, the perfect bartender, and the perfect friend.
And so, I’m lucky to call Thomas my friend, and I look forward to seeing him again, at some time in the future.
What will tomorrow bring
Well, I’ll try to get up early, get the bike packed, and be out the door by 7:30, after a quick breakfast in the restaurant downstairs. Tomorrow’s ride is about 240 miles, and my plan is to stop at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The Red Bull Ring is a race track, which is in Austria, which is also the country of the home headquarters of the Red Bull brand of Energy drink.
The “ring” is not a really exciting track, but it might be fun to see it up close, before making my way to the Air BnB for the night. From there, I continue back through Europe, making way to visit Nancy in Belgium, and then to Travelmunde, where I’ll get on a ferry for a 30 hour trip to Helsinki, but I’m getting ahead of myself.