Breakfast at 08.00am, and another of the bigwigs of WSBK is in the restaurant, Paolo Ciabatti, very smartly dressed in his SBK white shirt. A Brit couple spot my Leon Haslam T Shirt and enquire if we know today's grid positions, but like them, we hadn't understood the Italian commentary and had to tell them no.
Yesterday the receptionist had been insistent we don't park our bikes outside, and had told us how a few years earlier, thieves had stolen Eddie Irvine's (Grand Prix driver) bike from immediately outside the hotel reception! Apparently two guys came in asking for a room, didn't get one, walked back outside, and stole the bike, quick as that! We don't need to worry about our machines as they have been locked up overnight in an underground carpark, behind a gated entrance and a garage door.
Traffic has started to build up, here's the scene immediately outside our hotel as queues build to enter the circuit.
Bikes are using the wrong side of the road but no-one cares
Italian police uniforms are so stylish
We walk to the circuit the "quick" way this time.
We headed straight for the Ascari Interna stands and claim our seats early.
The smart campers pitch up close to the circuit edge and then create their own grandstands
Not a great picture but this is an engine which the guy revved constantly throughout the day!
After the first few warm ups Andy sets off to explore the circuit whilst we sit comfortably and watch the first Superbike race
Yesterday when we wandered round we found these beauties on the Magnetti Marelli stand.
Ben Spies Sterilgarda Yamaha
Nori Haga's Ducati
Leon Haslams Suzuki
Amazing race 2 crash pics and story of tough ride home to follow