Wide eyed and bursting with emotion, The Doctor leapt back onto the podium again this afternoon in front of super euphoric scenes at the Monster Energy Grand Prix of France. The GOAT gave the step a few knowing taps before raising his arms high to salute the fans who all witnessed the first Ducati podium for the beloved #46 machine.
The race had more drama than an Entourage episode with riders going down through the race and there were more trips to race control than we’ve seen for a while. Casey Stoner wouldn’t have seen much of it, but whilst his bike was running its own race the rest diced it out amongst them in spectacular style.
Marco Simoncelli’s podium charge was aborted following a ride through penalty on the back of his duel with Dani Pedrosa but threw down a continuous charge of hot laps through the race to underline his pace. Over in the Monster Tech 3 box neither Colin or Cal could match their superb performances in qualifying with an untarnished race as both gave their leathers some wear along the way. Ben Spies got his head down and raced hard whilst the action went down around him, coming home in sixth.
Still a massive story and talking point on race day was Slash cruising the paddock and Monster Energy public hospitality. The all time guitar legend was welcomed into Valentino’s box by the whole team, plus the man himself. Keen to shoot the breeze with Colin the guys linked up in Monster Tech 3 shortly after.