Virtually every weekend during the domestic race season, Alan finds himself getting up at silly o'clock and bashing off to a circuit hundreds of miles away.
This week is a rare weekend off for Alan, so he is getting up at silly o'clock and bashing off to a race circuit hundreds of miles away. They say a change is as good as a rest.
The change in this instance though is that Alan isn't going to be changing tyres for everyone in the paddock or dispensing spare parts. This trip is to support the British riders who are all doing so well in the three classes of MotoGP racing.
This weekend sees the French GP at Le Mans, so Alan will be cheering wildly for Danny Kent and Wee John McPhee in the Moto3 class. Will Danny make it four in a row? His season couldn't have got off to a much better start, and his demeanour is just oozing confidence.
You can be sure that Alan will be cheering himself hoarse for Sam Lowes in the Moto2 race as well. Sam has been on the podium twice so far this year, with a third place and a win, so you can be sure that there is more to come from him.
Just to make sure that there are no vocal chords whatsoever left in the Russell throat on his return to Blighty, the wealth of British talent in the MotoGP race will have him and the thousands of other Brits who make the short trip to Le Mans, leaping to their feet and shouting like their lives depend on it. Good luck to Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Eugene Laverty in mixing it with the luminaries of the big class.
Don't worry about loss of voice on Alan's part though, Geoff and Jake will be here, ready and waiting to take your telephone orders for your race bike essentials while he sits in the corner sucking a lozenge.
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