On July 27-29, 2012, I went to my seventh MotoGP race at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California since 2006. I’ve had the opportunity to see my favorite racer, Valentino Rossi #46, a.k.a. “The Doctor,” race before. Once again this year, I got a paddock pass and the Rev Limiter pass, and was able to see him “up-close and personal” a few times. However, this time once again everything was so completely different.
I went for all three days of the race again. The first day, I went with my coworker Alisa on Friday. She has never been to the front of the track so this was a new experience for her. As always, I was a good fan in that I was at the track really early in the morning trying to get photos of Rossi plus autographs. The Rev Limiter pass allowed me to go to the front of the track and take better photos of Rossi and the other riders. After the first practice, they allowed us to go to the front of the paddock while all the riders were there. I was able to see him how he looks during the race weekends when the camera crew is around, so that was cool.
On the second day, I went with my friend Rae. She is really cool to hang out with and since she has been to Comic Con, she knows how to play the game. Once again, got us to into the front of the track, after trying to get Rossi’s photograph to no avail. As we were walking back to the paddock, they closed it near his area so we stayed closer to Lorenzo’s, but that is good because I was able to get Rossi’s autograph… and later that day, I found a picture of us on Twitter when we were in the process of getting Rossi’s autograph, hehehehe! As we wandered around in between practices, we ran into Bob Dochterman and Rick Leyvas from Ohlone. That was cool!
On the third day, I went with Alisa again. Same routine as the days before with the exception of no Rev Limiter Zone. While waiting for him to return from the morning warm-up, I chatted with a couple of older guys who thought they should stick around me because I had so much luck getting Rossi’s autograph and my photo with him. Then, Rossi finally came and I got my book signed, but I did not get my photo with him. Now, as he walked passed me, two guys from his fan club saw the shirt I was wearing and we made small conversation in Italian, English, and Spanish all combined. The gave me a little banner, so that was cool.
Here are some of the pictures I took: