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MotoGP, Goodfellas at Portimao: Rossi, Bagnaia and Gram together on the track

VIDEO: The VR 46 Racing Academy met up in Portimao to get rid of the winter rust, but with them there were two special guests...

43, 55 and 26. These are not the racing numbers of these three gentlemen - did you recognize them? - who recently met up for a ride around the track on the Portimao circuit. It's their years. And while for the (relatively) young Francesco Bagnaia it is a training session on a Ducati Panigale V4S, before riding on the scorching asphalt of Sepang, from 10 to 12 February, for the other two, as we said, it was sheer fun. A trackday.

For the 43-year-old Valentino Rossi, now a car driver with BMW, it is a way to keep fit. To train his eye and reflexes at speed. For Alex Gramigni, almost 55 years old, pure fun. Even though for Alex, 125cc world champion with Aprilia in 1992, it is also work. His OLD SCHOOL is going great, as is his testing job for Pirelli and Yamaha.

Three friends: so what could be better for three speed enthusiasts than getting together for a rev-up on a wonderful circuit like that of Portimao?

4,684 meters, 16 curves, with ups and downs and a very long straight. Fabio Quartararo's lap record time of 1'39.435. But the three weren't there chasing times, even if the lap time is always the yardstick of fun for those who, like them, are affected by the disease that Americans call the need for speed.

So here is a screenshot popping up from the web with some times. Are they the final ones at the end of the day? We don’t know. What is certain is that they didn't go slowly, bearing in mind that everyone was driving production super sports bike. And this also leads to a reflection: how fast are the various super sports bikes of today if they are capable of lapping three and a half seconds behind a MotoGP?


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