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Motogiro d’Italia – American Style

by Richard Backus


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Consider this a scoop, because even though it's not yet official, we have it from reliable sources that the organizers of the acclaimed Motogiro d'Italia retrospective motorcycle rally featuring 175cc and smaller bikes (click here to read our story from the January/February 2008 issue) are bringing the rally to the U.S. this coming July.

From what we’ve learned, the five-day rally is tentatively scheduled for July 11-17, 2008, the week before the MotoGP at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey, California, July 18-20, 2008. With an expected start/finish in Monterey, participants will have no excuse to miss the big-bike racing at Laguna Seca following the giro.

Italian promotion machine Dream Engine, organizers of the Motogiro d’Italia (www.motogiroditalia.com), has confirmed plans but not dates for the rally. Ducati is closely associated with the Italian event, and it’s expected the company will have a high profile at the U.S. Motogiro, as well. Plus, given the weak dollar, a U.S. vacation is a cheap proposition, so expect lots of Italians with their little bikes to descend on Monterey come early July. We’ll post exact dates and entry information as it becomes available.

If you can’t make it in July, don’t forget the Giro d’California IV, tentatively scheduled for October 5-7. A final route has yet to be determined, but you can bet that organizer Harley Welch has designed another fabulous run through the wilds of coastal California. More information at www.girodcalifornia.com. – Richard Backus 

 

jim marhan
12/15/2007 11:05:11 AM

What do you expect? The Italians tried to sue Bob Coy (Director of the USCRA) for the rights to a US Giro and lost. Bob prevailed in court and the MotoGiro USA goes into it's 5th year despite the heavy handed BS from the Europeans and California group. (Hope that guy enjoyed his time with us, we knew he was a spy for CA.) Jim Marhan 2005 MotoGiro Champ (200cc class and overall)


mogu83
12/13/2007 6:02:56 PM

Hey East coast guys, leave it alone. I wonder how many of those West Coast bikes would have been back in the trailer when they got a look at all those mud/wet clay roads in Vermont during last falls Giro. The more of those high end bikes that show up the more it becomes a bike show instead of just a couple of days of riding little bikes and having fun.


tex_1
12/13/2007 9:27:10 AM

wow......what happened to doing research and checking your facts? california giro?!?!?!....with a simple google search i found the www.motogiro-usa.com directly under the motogiro d'italia (as in second position). motogiro-usa is going into it's fourth year and is a hugely popular and successful event. perhaps someone from the magazine should come check it out......might be beneficial for future journalistic purposes. -tex mawby


parker heath iii
12/12/2007 6:45:56 PM

MotoGiro usa (check out the uscra) has been a hugely fun event since 2004. The Bultacos have always been the class of the "gotta make up some time now" group. The Ducatis have been o.k. but they are so ...common. MotoGiro in the east is twice a year and twice the fun. "parks61"


jack cole
12/12/2007 6:24:40 PM

Moto Giro in the good ole USA???, I have participated in 3 of the fantastic events right in the great North East. Our entry bike rules may not be quite as strict as the Italians (305 or smaller, 69 or older), but we sure do have a ton of fun. Ask Landon, who rode this falls event until he toasted a Motobi! Yes, when will the event be in your great mag? By the way, the spring MotoGiro East will be the first weekend in May, right here in Upstate NY. Dales right- team 160 rules!! Even if somehow those Bi guys think they won...Check out race-uscra.com


john b
12/12/2007 5:31:45 AM

I guess this event http://www.motogiro-usa.com/ on the east coast doesn't count? Would have turned up in a google search easy enough. No mention of the first MotoGiro USA? Seems strange. JohnnyB


dale hoyt
12/12/2007 3:34:56 AM

Landon Hall ?, Landon Hall ?, where are you ?, Check with your co-worker Richard...I was next to him when he tried to fly a Motobi at last falls MotoGiro-USA..Moto Giro in CA..yawn, we've been doing it for several years..but thanks for the news, more can only be better..team160 rules. You should come to N.Y in May, bring a bike.. dale hoyt


butch
12/11/2007 6:38:23 PM

Paging Landon Hall ... as winner of the "Snatched from the Jaws of Death" when will we see a write up of the East coast Giro 3 years on a 250cc duc next year is the year of the Bridgestone! David "Butch" Cassady Middleborough Mass-a-chu-sets AF&AM, May Flower Lodge Sigma Tau Gamma, Delta Chi house Duck - '65 250cc noise maker (2005-#32, 2006 -#39, 2007 -#2 "motogiro-usa.com" Bike) Duck - '79 Darmah SSD Goose - '85 LEMANS IV with GSX-R Front end  and a few Bridgestone 200cc/175cc to offend the environment http://duc-duc-guzzi.blogspot.com/


charlie mullendore
12/11/2007 4:38:54 PM

Why no mention of Motogiro-USA? http://www.motogiro-usa.com/ I'm used to the Kalifornia mags thinking everything revolves around the left coast, hoped for better with Motorcycle Classics. http://www.LoopframeGuzzi.com