Thursday, 2 April 2009
Bussei off-road master class
Michele, the editor of GQ Italy, sent these in. He went trail riding with Giovanni Bussei a couple of weeks ago. Michele was on his Yamaha 450. Nice bit of GoreTex, Cordura, all that. Giovanni was on an XR1000 in a wooly jumper, leather trousers, pisspot lid and goggles. Look how far he made it up the hill on that thing! And check out the number plate and lights. This is Giovanni's road bike. I met him in Torino when I was working out there and he turned up on this with a huge wicker top box basket on the back. Legend.
If you don't know who Giovanni is, he's the just about the finest character in world racing. Not short of a bob or two, he spurns hotels or fancy motorhomes, preferring to sleep in his car and shower with the same hosepipe the team wash his bikes down with. He's raced in WSB, AMA, BSB and now FIM Supermoto. And he wants to race flat track. GI