How have riders spent the off-season?

by | Jan 4, 2023 | Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, KTM, motoGP News, Yamaha

How have riders spent the off-season?

Engagements, skiing trips and star-studded encounters! Find out how MotoGP™ riders spent their holidays ahead of the 2023 campaign

As the new year begins, the 2023 MotoGP™ campaign is fast approaching. Before the pre-season Tests and Team Presentations, riders are taking advantage of their time off the track and enjoying the downtime. However, for some, the past few weeks have been eventful, even away from the track. As we gear up for another exciting season of MotoGP™ action, let’s take a look at what the riders have been up to during the off-season.

As has become tradition, MotoGP™ Legend Valentino Rossi held the 100km di Campioni at his Ranch in Italy just prior to the holiday season, the eighth edition of the race. Some of the sport’s biggest names were in attendance, including 2022 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). The Italian finished fifth in the standings, with victory going the way of Elia Bartolini and Lorenzo Baldassarri.

For Pecco, he made sure 2022 would be a year he’ll never forget as he popped the question to his now fiancé Domizia over the festive period shortly after the two had been holidaying in Dubai.

The reigning Champion wasn’t the only rider celebrating an engagement, with KTM’s Brad Binder and his fiancé Jordyn hosting an engagement party back in South Africa.

There’s even further good new on the family front within the paddock, as Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) announced that he and his wife Laura are expecting their family to grow even larger, with twin boys on the way.

Congratulations to the riders and to their families on the news!

Over the festive period, several MotoGP™ riders hit the slopes for some skiing. Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Team Racing) enjoyed the slopes in the Dolomites, in addition to attending the 100km di Campioni. Like Marini, Alex Rins (LCR Honda Castrol) and Augusto Fernandez (Tech GASGAS Factory Racing) both competed at the VR46 Ranch before carving up the snow ahead of new on track adventures in 2023.

Indeed, skiing and snowboarding were popular pastimes for many, with Joan Mir (Repsol Honda Team), Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) all hitting the snowcapped mountains in recent weeks.

Not all riders fancied a European winter, with plenty of others jetting off for sunnier climates in recent weeks.

Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) went back Down Under to catch up on some fishing in Australia, even managing to hook a big one, before visiting neighbouring New Zealand with his wife Ruby during the off-season.

Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) found his paradise in Bali, while Aleix Espargaro was spotted on a Safari in Kenya.

2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) did stay closer to home after injuring his hand in a MX accident, but still found warmer waters on the French Riviera and Saint Tropez.

MotoGP™ riders are stars in their own right, and it’s no surprise to see some of them mix with the biggest names in sport and entertainment. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was part of a star-studded Portuguese cast on a special edition of Porquinho Mealheiro, a well-known game show in his homeland.

Elsewhere, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) met up with Manchester United goalkeeper and Spanish international David de Gea, while the eight-time World Champion also caught up with Tennis star Rafael Nadal, Spanish singer Aitana and his Red Bull counterpart in Formula1, World Champion Max Verstappen.

As the holidays come to a close and the 2023 campaign approaches, the riders can look back on a festive period filled with skiing trips, family celebrations, and even some glittering encounters. However, with the new season on the horizon, it’s now time for the riders to refocus their attention on the track and start preparing for another exciting year of MotoGP™. With the pre-season Tests and Team Presentations just around the corner, riders will no doubt be eager to get back on their bikes and start competing once again. Here’s to another thrilling season of MotoGP™ racing!

VideoPass allows you to watch every single second of every single sector LIVE and OnDemand

Read more here

MotoGP NEWS FEED

Yamaha Motor Unveils Hydrogen-Powered V-8 Combustion Engine

Powerful hydrogen power: 397 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm are the claimed figures. (Yamaha Motor/)Exciting and surprisingly specific news from Hamamatsu: Yamaha Motor has been tapped by Toyota Motor Corporation to develop an automotive engine fueled entirely by...

2021 Suzuki SV650/X/ABS

2021 Suzuki SV650. (Suzuki/)UpsLow sticker priceFriendly yet peppy engineGood solid chassisDownsDesign is showing its ageA little heavyFront brake’s wooden response, numb feelVerdictAlthough it’s been usurped by newer competition, the SV650 is still a solid choice for...

PATENTS: HONDA’s designs for ‘traffic monitoring’ cameras

The Japanese factory has just filed patents for a new camera system, which collects and deciphers information about the traffic ahead. Honda may not have released any bikes with radar technology just yet, but that doesn’t mean its not serious about technology that’ll...

2022 BMW F 900 XR Adventure Sport Review

We go for another ride aboard BMW’s easy-riding F 900 XR. (Joseph Agustin/)The 2022 F 900 XR is a plus-size middleweight adventure sport from BMW Motorrad. When BMW introduced this model for the 2020 model year, we were there for the official press introduction; see...

Ebike Maker Surron Announces First True Electric Dirt Bike

Surron’s first full-size electric dirt bike offering: the Surron Storm Bee F. (Surron/)If you stop and think too long about whether emerging EVs are bikes or motorcycles, you’re missing the fun. English EV maker Surron is a great example of blurring these lines,...

2021 KTM 200 Duke, 390 Duke, 890 Duke, and 1290 Super Duke R | Comparison Review

KTM’s line of naked bikes has steadily evolved over the past 25 years. We assembled the latest lineup of Dukes (left to right: 200 Duke, 390 Duke, 890 Duke, and 1290 Super Duke R) for a side-by-side evaluation. Photos by Kevin Wing. KTM rose to prominence with its...

2021 Yamaha YZF-R3

2021 Yamaha YZF-R3. (Yamaha/)UpsSmall size, amiable manners for new ridersRevvy engine, good handling for expertsDownsNeeds slightly bigger engine to compete with rivals$300 price increaseVerdictThe R3′s debut six years ago changed the entry-level motorcycle...

2021 Royal Enfield Meteor 350

2021 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 (Fireball trim) (Royal Enfield/)UpsThe beginner cruiser market gains one more competitorImpressive, well-balanced handlingEngine power may not be jaw-dropping, but its mild-mannered delivery and lack of vibration provides a very relaxed...

Ladies Who Ride: Reviews! Dainese Impeto Motorcycle Gloves

MoreBikes caught up with 25 year old Orthodontic dental nurse and Isle of Wight resident Tahnee Attwood. Tahnee rides (takes deep breath..) K6 GSXR 750, Yamaha R1, KTM 500 exc, Honda CRF450X in dirt set up and CRF450R in Supermoto set up! Luckily, she took time off...

The Moto Beach Classic Returns to Bolsa Chica, CA

A purpose build asphalt oval track will host a number of races including the 2021 Super Hooligan National Championship final. The Moto Beach Classic returns to Bolsa Chica on Saturday, October 23rd. Entry is free for a full day of motorcycle racing from the final...