Road to Motegi with Fiat 500

Sunday, October 3, 2010


This weekend I lived one of the most exciting experiences of my life. Guess what?! I was invited by Fiat and the Fiat Yamaha Team to Motegi, the world famous Japanese race track to participate in the Grand Prix of Japan! For three incredible days I lived on the track, in the paddock and in the pitboxes with the worlds fastest MotoGP riders.

To reach Motegi I passed by the wonderful Japanese countryside near Mito in a Fiat 500C. The weekend was perfect, and the weather was great.

Day 1, free practice of the MotoGP. I was so excited to discover the MotoGP world and when I got there the reality was even better than I imagined! I would meet the nine time World Champion Valentino Rossi; the legendary Italian rider of the Fiat Yamaha Team was in the pitlane to greet his fans!

I wasn’t surprised to see such a huge crowd for him in the pitlane of Motegi…

Being in the pits when the mechanics and engineers were preparing the Yamaha M1 was an incredible experience. These bikes are super precise machines that achieve unbelievable performance!

I had the chance to meet Valentino Rossi, one of my legends since the beginning of his career. We had a chat inside the pits: I was really happy to learn he already knew tokidoki. We also exchanged contacts: it’s great knowing that a world champion such as Valentino can be such a down-to-earth and nice guy.

Sitting in the inside border of the track I experienced the real show of the MotoGP: I could see riders such as Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo speeding around the curves. This way, I could appreciate the speed, power and elegance of these bikes. They definitely rock!

Everybody here is so busy and unfortunately I couldn’t meet Jorge Lorenzo. He’s only 23 years old but hes already driving fans crazy: he is a “chosen one” destined to a magnificent career!

SUNDAY – Race day finally arrives: the atmosphere it’s thrilling and my heart is pounding! The bikes are ready to hit the track, mechanics are busy with some last minute tweaks and cute umbrella girls entertain the fans…

A few minutes till the green light: Valentino and Jorge only need to put on their helmets and jump on their M1s!

 The battle between Rossi and Lorenzo was unbelievable: the crowd was excited and I was lucky enough watch it STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE TRACK!





 The Fiat Yamaha riders ended up with a respectable third and fourth place…

 The podium was a special moment to celebrate a wonderful race and a happy closure of my experience. I want to thank all the wonderful people I met and the whole Fiat Yamaha Team working behind Valentino and Jorge! Definitely, I will be an even BIGGER fan than I was before. Sayonara!

14 thoughts on “Road to Motegi with Fiat 500

  1. delfina

    is incredible sure it was a great experience, I hope you can design some of the many helmet Valentino Rossi. obviously with the characters of Tokidoki. *_____*

  2. Matt

    This is amazing! I love motogp and Tokidoki and to see them come together was great. I hope you release some if these works as prints etc!

  3. Andrea

    hi Simone,
    i hope u have had great days in motegi!
    tokidoki milano sell staff say hello to you and to the worlds biggest biker!

  4. SIMONE

    Ciao Simo deve essere stata veramente una bella esperienza. Forse è meglio seguire il GP piuttosto che Roma e Fiorentina !!!! un abbraccio

  5. agatha

    wow, what an awesome blog! you have to have to have to put together some bags and t-shirts with these characters. especially the umbrella girls and the racers! super cute and i bet my husband wouldn’t mind buying those for me! keep up the sweet drawings!

  6. Espargarin93

    Potresti provare a fare una collezione della Tkdk dedicata interamente alla MotoGP ;) di sicuro io la prenderei

  7. Chris & Narelle

    Hey Simone
    It was great to share a drink with you at the Cerulean Hotel in Shibuya on the Monday night
    after the MotoGP. Hope everything has gone well for you in NYC. All the best to you & for
    the future. Regards Chris.

  8. Chris & Narelle

    Hey Simone
    It was nice to share a drink with you at the Cerulean Hotel. Hope all has gone well for
    you in NYC & all the very best for you in the future.
    Chris & Narelle

  9. gregh

    SImone, this is the best coverage I’ve seen from a GP!! HAHA! I had no I idea you were into the GP’s!! MotoGP is magical when you see it that close… the speed and style… it’s almost ‘important’ for people to see, just so they can understand more about the the machines and the riders that ride them.

    So awesome that you met with Vale! These images have made me an even BIGGER fan of yours than I was before…!

    Keep it up man, hope to see you soon

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  13. Emi

    I demand a Tokidoki Special Edition Fiat 500 for the US Market!!! A Tokidoki trim would perfect a Cinquecento!

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