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.

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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.”

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Hilton also presented a painting in honor of Marco.

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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!”

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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!”

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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]

Sergio Gadea Finishes Third for Team Hilton (But Where’s the Pink?)

The bike for Paris Hilton's new racing team announced on December 18, 2010.Spaniard Sergio Gadea pulled in an impressive third place finish for Paris Hilton’s new 125 cc MotoGP team in the Qatar opener today… but we noticed something different about that bike that made the press rounds with Hilton in December. It was noticably absent of its trademark Hilton signature: the color PINK.

Check out these before and after pics. The first is the the bike as it was presented on December 18, 2010 during Hilton’s press announcement about the racing team.

Sergio Gadea for team Pev-Blusens-SMX-Paris Hilton at the Qatar MotoGP opener on March 20, 2011The second is from the actual MotoGP track.

Looks like this bike got a pretty substantial makeover since its bubble-gum launch a few months ago. The front faring and gas tank have been fully de-pinked, and I would venture a guess that those cutesy star accents along the bottom got the chop, too.

It’s no big deal. But it is funny.

What’s the adage… Takes a real man to wear pink?

(Guess the sayings are different in the school of Steve McQueen…)

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

In Defense of Paris Hilton

Paris_HiltonSince Paris Hilton’s announcement of ownership in the 125cc MotoGP Spanish racing team, SuperMartxe, bloggers and pundits have been logging overtime rolling their eyes. (If you Google the terms “seriously?” and “Paris Hilton”, you’ll get a page full of snarky links about the story.)

And its not just the celebrity media – it’s the biker world too. There’s a general sentiment that the venture is doomed for an embarrassing crash landing, even before it’s begun. Seems a little cynical for a community that prides itself on, well… its sense of community.

The bosomy, blonde mogul looks like a prototype for motorcyling’s ubiquitous “biker babe”; no one would have batted an eye to see her on a chopper spread or over the month of January hanging in the parts room of a bike shop. So why all the noise now that she’s jumped off the page and into the owners box?

I think it’s time to hit the reset button on public opinion.

When you ask a twenty- or thirty-something female why she doesn’t ride, you’ll get one of two answers: “Too dangerous,” or, “Never thought of it.” Getting young women to just think about motorcycling is half the battle of expanding the sport to include them, and that’s where the star power of someone like Paris Hilton is a major trump card. It’s why we should be applauding her as loudly as we can instead of hissing from the shadows.

PR’s most basic tenet: Celebrities influence people. Hilton is a trendsetter, and she’ll no doubt bring motorcycling into the spotlight just by way of association and entrepreneurial savvy; she may have been fed on a silver spoon, but she’s laid her own foundation for a massive business empire that has more shoot-offs than Wikipedia can track. And when she was painted as a generic Hollywood pop princess during the 2008 elections, she pulled a hilarious counter-punch with the “Paris for President” YouTube video (that immediately went viral). She’s experienced in defying expectations.

I say, let’s drop the attitude. You might not like her Barbied-up pink, white & blue bike, but you don’t hear her complaining about frilled leather vests and bald eagle tattoos.

On behalf of Lady Moto: Paris, a sincere congratulations on your new team! We wish you the best.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com