A walk in the paddock during the Misano GP... Feature: Jeffrey Zani
Misano 2015 was sold out. Several hours before the race, hosts of the TV-news, newspapers and radio presentersstarted to warn that those who didn’t have a ticket would have no chance to see the San Marino round of the MotoGP championship from the stands, because no places were left.
The “yellow crowd”, as people refer to the Italian formula “popolo giallo”, wanted to see Valentino Rossi in action. Especially this year, since he was leading the championship by 12 points over his team mate, Jorge Lorenzo, and had won the previous race in Silverstone.
On Saturday, September 12th, Mr. 46 unveiled his “Misano helmet”. The artwork showed a small fish (him) escaping from a threatening shark (Senor 99). That was the sense of the weekend: the Spaniard hunting down the Italian, who was swimming in friendly waters, supported by his home crowd. Tavullia distances more or less 15 kilometers from the circuit, and in 2014 Rossi had won the race ahead of his team mate. Everything seemed ready for what was likely going to be a great day of sport and fun.
Together with the 152,000 spectators that reached the Misano World Circuit during the weekend, a lot of paddock passes were given out for the event, and that made life crazy for the staff of the teams and the press. Sometimes it was barely possible to walk from one hospitality to another. But not for everybody. Let’s see how and why through a series of photos.