Friday, September 07, 2012

Manuela Raffaeta visits the BMW Museum, meets the 1976 BMW R 90 S

Manuela Raffaeta, BMW R 90 S Manuela Raffaeta, BMW R 90 S
Manuela Raffaeta, BMW R 90 S Manuela Raffaeta, BMW R 90 S
Manuela Raffaeta, BMW R 90 S Manuela Raffaeta, BMW R 90 S
Manuela Raffaeta, with Steve McLaughlin's 1976 BMW R 90 S

Marco Melandri is a lucky man. He’s rides fast bikes for a living and his fiancée is the eminently hot Manuela Raffaeta, who recently visited the BMW Museum in Munich, right after the inaugural BMW Motorrad Days party. This was for a special photoshoot, which was done by Markus Hofmann, whose work we’ve featured earlier on this site.

For the photoshoot, Manuela posed with the BMW R 90 S, which American rider Steve McLaughlin rode to victory in the first-ever AMA Superbike race at Daytona, in the US, in 1976. Another BMW rider, Reg Pridmore finished second in that race and even won the inaugural AMA Superbike world championship that year.

McLaughlin’s race-winning BMW R 90 S, which recently took to the racetrack again at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was ridden by former BMW Motorrad factory rider, Troy Corser, has now taken up permanent residence at the BMW Museum in Munich. And as these pictures show, the bike looks as hot now as it did back in the 1970s. Manuela, too, apparently enjoyed her photoshoot with this iconic motorcycle. Here are some excerpts from what she had to say about bikes and her life with Mr Melandri:

On being a part of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport setup

BMW is for us a big family and we’re really enjoying life as part of the World Superbike team. Marco’s first world superbike victory on the BMW S1000RR [at Donington] was a big dream for him and of course myself. So, to achieve this and make history for the brand was incredible. We’re both still smiling about it.

On helping Marco with staying focused

I like to do everything for Marco so that all he needs to focus on is the racing. I always make sure he has enough water and make sure his helmet is ready.

On whether she rides bikes herself

I cannot ride a motorcycle. I went on the back of Marco once and he scared me, so I have no intention of riding myself!

On what she enjoys outside of being a part of motorcycle racing

We always seem to be going from airport to racetrack to airport, so for us, going home is like a holiday, as we can just relax away from this crazy world we’re part of and enjoy our privacy…

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