Saturday, May 19, 2012

George Clooney, motorcyclist

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George Clooney says his favourite bike is the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail...
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‘I’ve been riding motorcycles for years but it took a long time before I could afford a Harley of my own. The Heritage is my favourite model – the purr it offers is second to none. Aside from taking to the water on a boat, it has to be my preferred way to spend my time, when I get any. I love the thrill of going for a ride and exploring. I recently had a trip around Ireland and even though some of their roads wouldn’t be in the best shape, it was a pretty magical experience as I’ve a lot of Irish in me,’ says George Clooney, one of our favourite Hollywood stars, who also happens to love motorcycles.

Clooney has had his share of biking spills but he hasn’t let that affect his passion for riding. One of his more serious get-offs happened a few years, when he bike collided with a car – Clooney suffered a fractured rib and his then girlfriend Sarah Larsson ended up with a broken foot. ‘That was quite scary, I’ll admit. It was a very out of control experience and could have ended a lot worse but thankfully we were okay,’ says Clooney.

So would the possibility of another crash ever stop Clooney from riding bikes? ‘No, you’re always going to have a few spills. It could happen in a car, it could happen on a bicycle, it could happen as a pedestrian. You can’t live like that,’ he says.

George Clooney was interviewed by Inspire magazine, for their May 2012 issue

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Casey Stoner to retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season!

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Reining MotoGP world champion, the 27 year old Casey Stoner will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Another significant loss for the MotoGP fraternity...

In a shocking development, reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has announced that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Casey announced his retirement while speaking to the media at the official pre-event press conference for the French MotoGP.

‘This has been coming for a couple of years now. After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife [I have decided that] I will be not racing in the 2013 MotoGP championship. I will be finishing my MotoGP career at the end of this season and go forward in different things in my life,’ said Casey.

‘After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it. I don't have the passion for it and so at this time it's better if I retire now,’ said the man who won the 2007 and 2011 MotoGP world championships and who’s currently leading the 2012 MotoGP world championship as well.

‘There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction. And so, basically, we won't be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop? So we decided to finish everything as we are now,’ says Casey.

We must admit this comes as a complete shock to us. Casey Stoner is fast, consistent and talented and his departure from MotoGP will be a significant loss to the sport. We wish Casey all the very best in life, in whatever he chooses to do after ending his career in MotoGP.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

In Conversation with Casey Stoner

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Reigning MotoGP world champion, Casey Stoner is probably the fastest man in the world on two wheels right now. And he doesn't mince words...

At 27 years of age, Casey Stoner already has two MotoGP world championships (2007 and 2011) to his name and there is a very good chance that he’ll win the 2012 MotoGP world championship as well. Recently, Man’s World magazine had an opportunity to put a few questions to the reigning MotoGP world champion, which he answered with remarkable candour. Here are a few excerpts from what Casey had to say…

On frequent changes in MotoGP technical regulations, pertaining to engine size

“I strongly believe that the management in this sport should define a clear set of rules and then stick to them for a guaranteed period of time. The constant changing of the rules is deterring manufacturers and privateer teams from entering. If you keep the rules stable for a few years then other teams looking to join the Championship know the benchmark and can join with confidence that the rules will not change and that they could become competitive. If they join without this assurance, then it is a huge gamble, as if rules change and they must adapt then they simply may not have the budget which means they exit from the sport.”