Patrizia Ruiz works with the Yamaha MotoGP team and adds a large dollop of her stunning beauty to some MotoGP races. We hope to see more of her this year...
If you’ve been downloading the 2008 and 2009 MotoGP season pics from Faster and Faster, you’re likely to have noticed the very beautiful Patrizia, who’s worked with the Yamaha MotoGP team in both these years.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Patrizia is not only stunningly fit and good looking, she’s also studied theatre, sings professionally, is a top fashion model and won the 2008 Miss Catalonia contest. And if that isn’t enough already, she even has a degree in aeronautical engineering!
We’ll freely admit we’re big fans of Ms Ruiz and we got in touch with her recently, with a long list of questions. Here are some excerpts from what Patrizia had to say:
On how she’s managed to do so many things in life
I have to admit that when I was younger, I liked too many things and as I did not want to choose between them, I did all of them! I was really busy, always going up and down. My life was quite crazy and I never went to bed before 12 in the night. But now that I’ve already finished my studies at the University, I’m finally focused on modelling and music…
On how she got started with the modelling scene in Spain
When I was 8, I did some catalogues. My cousin was a model and some clients ask her if she knew any kids with whom they could do a few shoots. She spoke to my mum and when she explained things to me, I almost begged on my knees that she let me do this. Later, when I was 14, I started working as a professional model.
On whether she actually likes MotoGP
I love it! I remember when I was a kid I used to watch all the MotoGP races during the weekends, with my Dad at home. We really enjoyed that. And now, every time I work there [with the Yamaha team] my dad records MotoGP programs from Spanish TV, and he’s very proud of me.
On the experience of working with Yamaha
It’s exciting working with Yamaha. They are the best and you can feel it with the people around you. Almost everyone on the circuits is crazy about Yamaha, people stand in queues to get their pictures taken with the Yamaha girls, and they wait hours to see Valentino on the way to the hospitality! And since I have been working with Yamaha for almost six years, I’ve met both Jorge and Valentino – they are both very nice guys.
On how MotoGP fans usually behave
Most of them are very polite and they usually stand in queues to get their pictures taken. Sometimes, however, there are some who are very rude but we ignore them. That’s the best we can do. I believe when people don’t respect others is because they don’t love themselves enough, and they try to act something that they are not.
On whether she loves bikes (and, well, cars...)
I do, but I have to confess that I don’t have a license. I don’t think I can’t choose between cars and motorcycles – I love every single thing that has a motor! I love Harley motorcycles and Audi cars.
On getting that degree in aeronautical engineering
I’m a passionate about space technologies and in a few years I’d like to work for a space agency. But in a few years. Right now, I want to keep studying. This year I wanted to do get a Masters degree but it was full, so I couldn’t do it. I’m waiting for the next semester.
On the things she likes best in Spain
I like this bar at the top of Barcelona, called Mirablau – Barcelona looks amazing from there. I also love the As Catedrais beach at Galicia, which I think is amazing…
Some of Patrizia’s favourites:
Bike: Harley Davidson V-Rod
Car: Audi R8
Drink: Orchata (Spanish drink from Valencia)
Music: Norah Jones and Alicia Keys. Also, I love Spanish Flamenco!
Movie: Water, Life is beautiful
Game: Street Fighter
Book: The Shadow of the Wind
Holiday destination: Countries from the centre and the South of Africa
Visit Patrizia's website here