I think the coolest bike on track this weekend was that of Corey Alexander sporting the F.D.N.Y. Engine 23 livery in remembrance of September 11, fifteen years on. It was a beautiful sight to see on track and even more beautiful was the tribute made during the spectator pit walk before the big races took place.
The bike led a parade of emergency vehicles on track with the sirens and lights blaring. What an appropriate way to pay tribute here in New Jersey where so many people were directly affected by the tragedy.
It definitely caught my eye early on in the weekend, and after working the first day of practice I told my corner captain that I’ll have to go to the paddock and take some close up pictures of the firefighter-bike #23.
Here they are:
Corey didn’t have a problem free weekend but the team did a great job of setting up his bike for the races. Unfortunately despite how quiet our turn was at Station 7, the one big Moto we had all weekend was bike #23 going way off in the grass before reentering the racing surface. I really hoped he’d do well this event.
Besides the bike livery, Alexander also wore leathers resembling a firefighters uniform. I thought that was an amazing touch.
And here’s the bike leaving to lead the parade of emergency vehicles including a police car, ambulance and a fire truck around NJMP Thunderbolt before the big race:
Way to go team Ducati and Corey Alexander… respect!