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2008  MotoGP  Information & Recipes

 

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History


MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, with a season of 18 Grand Prix races taking place in 14 countries. The motorcycles ridden are purpose-built racing prototypes which are unavailable for purchase by the general public.  They cannot even be ridden on public roads (legally).

 

The roots of MotoGP lay in the Grand Prix Road-Racing World Championship which was first organised by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) in 1949, making it the oldest motor sport World Championship in existence.  Between then and now many changes have taken place with regards to bike specifications, for example at the end of the 1968 season, gearboxes were limited to 6 speeds and  500cc categories (the equivalent to today's MotoGP category) to no more than four cylinders.

 

The 500cc/MotoGP class has produced some truly stunning riders over the years, some of whom stayed at the top of their game for a long time with names such as Surtees, Hailwood and Rossi indelibly etched in the hearts of fans,  but in particular Giacomo Agostini who won the title 8 times from 1966 to 1975.

Picture of Giacomo Agostini in his heyday
(Isn't  he  GORGEOUS!)

 

Leading 500CC / MotoGP Champions:

Rider

Titles

Flag of Italy Giacomo Agostini

8 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975)

Flag of Italy Valentino Rossi

6 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)

Flag of Australia Michael Doohan

5 (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)

Flag of the United States Eddie Lawson

4 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989)

Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Hailwood

4 (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)

Flag of the United Kingdom John Surtees

4 (1956, 1958, 1959, 1960)

Flag of the United Kingdom Geoffrey Duke

4 (1951, 1953, 1954, 1955)

Flag of the United States Wayne Rainey

3 (1990, 1991, 1992)

Flag of the United States Kenny Roberts

3 (1978, 1979, 1980)

 

In 2002 further revised regulations allowed for the participation of bikes with four-stroke engines.  The 2007 season brought in the adaptation of MotoGP bikes from 990cc engine capacity to 800cc which  resulted in more competitive races with the bikes  achieving higher corner speeds.

 

Recipes

A note from the Editor
Below are some recipes I've personally selected which represent the best of traditional cuisine from the 14 countries hosting the races so you can prepare authentic dishes to enjoy whilst you're watching the excitement.

 

Happy Cooking, Eating, MotoGP watching !

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QAT    09 March - Losail Circuit | Qatar
CommercialBank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

Lamb stuffed with Dates    HT  MC  M. Eastern  120mins

 

SPA    30 March - Jerez | Spain 
GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA

Chicken with Jamón Serrano   HT  MC  Spanish   40mins

 

 

POR    13 April - Estoril | Portugal
bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL

Lisbon Liver    HT  MC  Portuguese  35mins plus marinating

 

 

CHN    04 May - Shanghai Circuit | China

PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

Szechuan Chicken with Sesame CD 20mins plus chilling

 

 

FRA    18 May - Le Mans | France

ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

Calamares a la Provencale    HT   French   60mins

 

 

ITA    01 June Mugello | Italy
GRAN PREMIO D´ITALIA ALICE

Mushroom Risotto    Veg  HT  MC  Italian  40mins

 

SPA    08 June Circuit De Catalunya | Spain

GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA

Catalan Chocolate Veal Stew    HT  MC  Spanish  115mins

 

 

GBR    22 June Donington Park | Great Britain

BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Panfried Chicken with Stilton   HT  MC  English  40mins

 

NED    28 June Assen | Netherlands

A-STYLE TT ASSEN

Dutch Red Cabbage    Veg  HT  ACC  Dutch  60mins

 

 

GER    13 July Sachsenring | Germany

ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

Kirschenmichel    Veg  HT DP  German 90mins

 

 

USA    20 July Laguna Seca | United States

RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX

Berry Cheesecake    CD  DP  N.American  20mins plus chilling

 

 
CZE    17 August Automotodrom Brno | Czech Republic

CARDION AB GRAND PRIX CESKE REPUBLIKY

Bohemian Pork Chops  HT  MC  Czech  70mins plus marinating

 

ITA    31 August Misano, San Marino | Italy

GP DI CINZANO SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

Langoustine with Goat's Cheese Gnocchi    HT  MC  Italian  35mins


INP    14 September Indianapolis | Indianapolis

RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX

Red Flannel Hash    HT  MC  N. American  20mins


JPN    28 September Motegi | Japan

A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

Vegetarian Tempura   Veg  HT  MC  Japanese   25mins


AUS    05 October Phillip Island | Australia

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Kangaroo Steak with Mushroom Sauce    HT  MC  Australian  20mins

 

 

MAL    19 October Sepang Circuit | Malaysia

MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

Malaysian Noodles    HT  MC  Malaysian  20mins

 

 

SPA     26 October Comunitat Valenciana | Spain

GRAN PREMIO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

Paella a la Valencia   HT MC Spanish 120mins

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