MotoGP is back on European turf and gearing up for the awesome spectacle of the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, so where better to celebrate the incredible culture of Andalusia and southern Spain than one of the most famous places in Jerez: the Fundación Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre. For those au fait with neither the equestrian nor the Spanish, that’s the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and it’s one of the most esteemed in the world.
Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) was the rider heading the expedition into the incredible tradition as the Italian is set to hit the impressive milestone of 200 premier class Grands Prix this weekend; not a single race missed since he moved into MotoGP™. But the connection goes deeper, with ‘DesmoDovi’ using horses – one black and one white – as key symbols on his boots, on his helmet and even in his mental preparation and training.
Early in the morning was reserved for filming the Ducati alongside the Andalusian horses, before Dovizioso then got a tour of the grounds and stunning architecture of the school. Seeing how saddles and harnesses are made, the decorative details of the beautiful surroundings and, of course, watching the horses and riders, it was a glimpse into another, very different kind of horsepower.
Finally, Dovizioso posed with his bike, a white horse and a black horse for a stunning photo opportunity with a difference – bringing his incredible symbolism to life. But what do they mean? A white horse is the logical, the calm and the rational – the base setting, the basis of everything. The black horse? That’s the irrational, the darker side of racing – the risk, the aggression. Two opposing but complimentary ways of racing when blended together in the right recipe – something proved to perfection by the number 04, who has risen to become a perennial threat at the front of MotoGP.