Motogiro d’Italia – American Style

| 12/6/2007 3:42:04 PM

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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 (, 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 – 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)

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.

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 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

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