If you follow my Facebook page, you may have seen a similar image a few weeks ago, and read the story about how many tries it took to get an instance of the blue fire. Here it is again for those who missed it.
The vast majority of MotoGP riders will be much happier tonight, once they learn the news that Indianapolis Motor Speedway is to repave the infield section, from Turn 5 through to Turn 16. The entire back section - from where the track leaves the oval for the second time at Turn 5, all the way through to the point it rejoins the oval at Turn 16 - is to be resurfaced, addressing concerns by a number of riders over the track surface.
The last of the press releases from this weekend's World Superbike round at Assen:
WORLD SUPERBIKE - FABRIZIO FIGHTS TO FIFTH AT ASSEN
Team Suzuki Press Office - April 17.
Team Suzuki Alstare rider Michel Fabrizio fought his way up from the fourth row of the grid to take fifth place in the opening World Superbike race at Assen today.
Press releases from the Castrol and Hannspree Ten Kate Honda teams, Yamaha's World Superbike and World Supersport teams, and the PTR Bogdanka teams:
Rea tastes victory again at Assen
Jonathan Rea won today's opening race of the third round World Superbike event at Assen in the Netherlands today and followed it up with a podium in race two to kick start his season in style.
Assen always provides spectacle, whatever the classes are racing here, but today, there was perhaps a little too much of a good thing. The World Supersport race saw two horrific-looking crashes, and required two restarts before the race finally got done. The crashes were truly gut-wrenching, the kind of incident that makes you fear another Shoya Tomizawa or Craig Jones, but amazingly, everyone came away relatively unscathed.
Releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams following the races at Assen:
Muresan finish shows potential
PTR ROMANIA HONDA'S Robert Muresan finished 16th and just missed out on points at the third round of the World Supersport Championship at Assen in Holland - his first race finish in 2011.
Starting from 28th on the first grid, Robert improved with every lap and at the end was just a single place away from scoring points - a promising result that he can build on.
Below is the press release from the Parkalgar Honda team after the World Supersport race at Assen, containing details of Sam Lowes after his monster highside:
Season best ninth for Miguel
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Miguel Praia scored a season best ninth place finish at the third round of the World Supersport Championship at Assen in Holland.
Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Assen:
Carlos Checa has taken victory in the second World Superbike race at Assen, after controlling the race from the front. Only a false neutral saw the Althea Ducati rider lose his lead for a single lap to Max Biaggi, Checa blasting past the Alitalia Aprilia on the penultimate lap to take back the lead and secure the win.
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Assen:
Chaz Davies has taken his debut victory in the World Supersport class, winning with a comfortable margin. Davies remained calm after two big crashes caused the race to be red-flagged and restarted twice, and in the end, Davies escaped to take an easy win.
Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Assen:
Johnny Rea has taken victory in the opening World Superbike race at Assen, picking up where he left off last year, when the Ulsterman scored a double the Ten Kate team's home race. Rea held off a race-long challenge from Max Biaggi to secure a clear victory.