2013 Subaru BRZ: MotoGP Road Trip, Part Two
August 1, 2013
Picking up where Part One left off, photographer Kurt Niebuhr and I cruised around the Monterey Peninsula over the Moto GP weekend. Rather than take a shuttle from our Cannery Row hotel to Mazda Raceway, we made use of the parking pass we were given.
In the grayness of the morning, the 2013 Subaru BRZ seemed to get lost in the other shades of gray in the valet circle. Can you even spot it in the photo? Personally, I like the bright red color of our FR-S, as it seems more appropriate for such a fun car.
The valets at the hotel always seemed to have some sort of comment whenever we called it up from the lot. And they were mostly complimentary, with comments like, "nice car, it seems like it can be a lot of fun, but maybe it needs more power."
At that point, I'd tell them that we slapped a supercharger on our FR-S and it cured those power shortcomings.
Of course, while Kurt and I were at the track, the BRZ was the last thing we were thinking about. It was all about the bikes and racers. As guests of Mazda, and with Mazda being the title track sponsor, we enjoyed a generous amount of access.
The highlight was a tour of the Yamaha factory team's garage, where I got to get up close and personal with moto God, Valentino Rossi's bike. Below are some shots we took (odds are, the good ones are from Kurt).
We even got to sit in "The Doctor's" debrief chair.
We roamed Mazda Raceway and the vendor island for a spell too. I fed my curiosity to someday ride a Honda Goldwing.
Meanwhile, Kurt fed his curiosity for sledgehammers.
Oh, and there some really loud bikes whizzing by. I'll talk about those in Part 3.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 19,150 miles