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RideFast Nov 2019

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PADDOCK NEWS 2019 Michelin Moto GP incentive trip Buriram Thailand. It was with great excitement that 20 Michelin retailers set off for the Michelin MotoGP in Buriram, Thailand on the 2nd October. After almost 30 hours of travel, which included a 6-hour bus trip from Bangkok to Buriram, our group of enthusiastic travelers arrived at the Hotel and in true Michelin fashion the view from the hotel room was the Chang Circuit! Saturday morning rolled around and after a short shuttle to the circuit everyone was astounded at the Michelin VIP hospitality lounge right above the pits. During the course of the day the South African delegation was treated to a meet and great with Factory Ducati Rider Andrea Dovizioso, exclusive visits into the KTM, Yamaha, Suzuki and Ducati pits, pit lane walks and a very informal sit down with the legend Randy Mamola. The team were amazed as he shared his very personal insight into MotoGP. Randy is still doing extremely fast laps on the Ducati two-seater MotoGP bike and scaring the life out of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world at over 60 years of age! The layout of the Chang circuit combined with the Michelin VIP access allows you to ‘bump’ into riders and many of our dealers made it their mission to get as many photos with the riders and signatures on memorabilia as possible. Henry from RBS Yamaha even managed to get a Marc Marquez signature on an official timing sheet after he had just won his 8th world Championship. Before we knew it race day had arrived and the racing did not disappoint! It started off with the Asia Cup, the Easts version of the European Red Bull Rookie Cup. Putting a bunch of testosterone poisoned youngsters on Moto3 bikes made for GREAT racing. Then it was the turn of our very own Brad Binder who made an amazing pass on the last lap for second place leaving a Michelin VIP lounge full of proud South Africans! And as if that wasn’t enough we had the privilege of watching the Marc Marquez 8 Ball show as he won his 8th world championship, which left all feeling like they were witnessing history in the making. Monday morning had come way too quickly and saw a very weary group board the bus and head back to Bangkok where the afternoon was spent exploring the city on Tuk-Tuk’s with extremely enthusiastic… (Shall we say)… pilots. Let’s just say if you think our minibus taxis are dangerous in South Africa, you haven’t experienced a Tuk-Tuk in Bangkok! A late afternoon ‘cruise’ on long boats powered by turbo charged V8 Diesel motors allowed for a very different view of the city, exposing both the opulence and extreme poverty of the city. One thing that was evident was the abundance of Buddhist temples and with 98% of the population being devout Buddhists what really stood out for all was the A group pic with Andrea Dovisiozo. Variety of transport available... Words: Ryan Robertson Pics: Everybody that went with Brought to you by extremely humble and polite nature of everyone we dealt with. Finally, we spent the proverbial “one night in Bangkok…” but what happens in Bangkok stays in Bangkok! Now you may ask yourself, how the heck did these lucky guys and girls get selected to go on this trip of a lifetime? Well, firstly it is only for legitimate bike shops and then they have to qualify through their sales and promotion of Michelin tyres into the South African motorcycling market. The criteria is based on the following: VOLUME SALES, so all dealers stocking and selling significant quantities of Michelin motorcycle tyres and the winners in this category were: Bike tyre Warehouse Trac Man (Paarden Eiland) Bikers Warehouse Trac Man (Belville) Wicked Cycles Tazman Motorcycles Bavarian BMW (BMW incentive) GROWTH, so dealers who have shown sales growth and increased stock holding volumes and the winners here are: Just Bike tyre (Cape Town) Renata/tyres (Zinniaville) Raceworx KTM Wheelie Inn Moto Tyres LUCKY DRAW, self-explanatory and the lucky winners were: Speedyquip Biking Accessories RBS Yamaha JMD Superbikes Moto Mate (Edenvale) Insane Bikers Fan favourite - The Doctor. A sit down with the legend Randy Mamola. The delightful Mpho from Mate Edenvale & Boksburg and friendly Autny Liz of Bike Tyre Warehouse in Midrand 18 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 19