Paris Hilton Celebrates Maverick Vinales Victory at Valencia

paris_hilton_trophyFor her first year of being a motorcycle owner, Paris Hilton did a pretty good job. Both riders on the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team finished in the top 10 at the end of the 2011 125cc MotoGP championship. Maveric Vinales took the final win of the season to claim third in the championship while Sergio Gadeo also had a good season to finish in 9th.

Hilton tweeted:

“OMG!!! My Paris Hilton Racing Team Rider Maverick Vinales just won First Place in the #Motogp Grand Prix Finals! #YESSSS!!!!! So exciting!”

Hilton spent the weekend in Valencia with her MotoGP team. She even worked as a grid girl for Maverick before the race.


Paris celebrated the accomplishments of her team at Valencia, but she also paid tribute to fallen rider Marco Simoncelli.

Paris tweeted:

“In honor of The #MotoGP Legend Marco Simoncelli, I am wearing his #58. You are in all our hearts & minds.”


Hilton also presented a painting in honor of Marco.


Paris tweeted:

“Standing up on the podium at The #Motogp Finals with all the winners felt amazing! So proud of my rider for winning First Place! #YES!”


Hilton hasn’t announced any specific plans for 2012, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be leaving the MotoGP.

The star tweeted:

“I love expanding my business empire. Especially in the field of MotoGP sports. So exciting to watch!”


Hilton got a lot of criticism for starting a MotoGP team at the start of the year, because, well, she’s Paris Hilton. And apparently being a reality star negates your ability to own a team. But Hilton brings attention, money, and racing talent to the sport. If she can continue to put riders on the podium, any criticism of Hilton in the motorcycle world should start to vanish.

Terol Takes Fourth Win at Catalunya

terol_at_catalunyaNico Terol took his fourth win of 2011 after Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was penalised 20 seconds for an illegal overtake on the last lap in the 125 race. Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) finished second with Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) promoted to third.

A tactical battle ensued at the start of the race between Terol (Bankia Aspar), Zarco and Viñales. The very experienced Terol pulled a gap of over six seconds pursued by Zarco, who battled him for the win, overtaking Terol in the last few laps.

Terol, who celebrated his 100th start in last month’s Le Mans race, proved a tough a competitor, and regained the lead in the final lap. But Zarco was determined for the win, and in the last corner tried to overtake again, pushing Terol off the track into the grass. Zarco was penalised 20 points and thereby demoted to sixth position, giving Terol his fourth win of the season. Viñales claimed his second podium of the 2011 season with a second place finish, followed by Folger.

Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) ran wide with seven laps to go when he and Folger nearly touched, forcing Faubel out of the top five.

After a wet weather warm up, the 125cc race start was held in drying conditions. Most of the field chose slick tires for the race including all of the race leaders, though several riders opted for rain tyres at the start, including Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Racing) who had nothing to lose after qualifying last on the grid due to technical problems that saw him miss FP3 and most of qualifying. However as the race progressed, the sun came out and progressively dried the track, forcing those who chose the rain tyres to the pits for a change to slicks.

Fourth place finisher was Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), followed by Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), Zarco and with Faubel following in seventh. Eighth place finisher was Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team), Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) took ninth and Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta-Centro Seta) rounded out the top ten.

Treacherous conditions early in the race claimed several victims, including two Brits Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) and Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) who both crashed in the first corner on the opening lap, and Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) who went down after a lightening start, suffering a fractured wrist.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin (AirAsia-SIC-Ajo) crashed in turn 8 after an incredible start that helped launch him to fifth in the beginning of the race.

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of MotoGP]