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Team SuperMartXe VIP

Paris Hilton announces the Team SuperMartXe VIP Moto GP entry in the
125cc class.
- photo by the Associated Press.

I’ve never been a big fan of Moto GP. It’s not that I have some passionate dislike of the sport, but there just isn’t much in it that appeals to me. I just see it as unrealistic bikes on an unrealistic course. I can’t make a connection between anything I see in Moto GP and the things that I appreciate about motorcycle riding.
I do occasionally watch the Isle of Man TT races. This races uses production motorcycles racing on actual roads. While it’s not exactly long-haul scenic cruising, it does at least resemble conditions an ordinary rider might find, and features bikes available at the local dealership. The 37-mile course offers enough scenic beauty and variation to make it interesting, going from cramped downtown streets to breathtaking coastal vistas.
Not so, with Moto GP. This features purpose made bikes that are neither for sale to the public, nor street legal, racing on a closed racing track. About thing only thing that could make this less relevant to my take on motorcycle riding would be to throw in some clueless celebrity endorsement. Enter Ms Hilton.
Wearing a low-cut, pink and white, rhinestone-studded racing suit, she announced the SuperMartXe VIP by Paris Hilton team in Madrid on Dec. 20. They will enter an Aprilla RSA bike in the 125cc class. Team colors are pink and white. Ms Hilton won’t be riding the bike, but promises to attend as many races as she can.
SuperMartXe VIP is a dance series in Ibiza, Spain. From what I can discover, it is known for its excess of, well, excess and its dearth of clothes. I’m at a complete loss to explain why they could have any interest in Moto GP other than the opportunity to see Ms Hilton bedecked in a low-cut, pink and white, rhinestone-studded racing suit.
Aprilla makes a low-slung, automatic transmission motorcycle, often thought of as a “woman’s bike.” Maybe it hopes to attract more female riders by bedecking Ms Hilton in a low-cut, pink and white, rhinestone-studded racing suit, and having her announce their pink and white addition to the circuit. Good luck with that.
If any of my faithful readers understand the motivation behind this, please don’t explain it to me. I’d rather just put on some black leather, and go for a ride on the open road.

- Guy Wheatley

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