At MotoGP races like the San Marino MotoGP race at the Misano Circuit , you will see many hospitality tents & trucks belonging to the motorcycle racing teams. They go from race to race, and usually the staff belong to the team. But there are also always a lot of other hospitality tents, and these are used for companies or organizations to promote their stuff at special, or one-off events. It makes no sense for them to have their own truck and tent like in this photo:
Marco di Bassi runs a small company, Noleggio Truck Motor Home Hospitality , with two trucks that are hired by companies or organizations to host a hospitality tent for their guests at events. For example, in these photos, the truck and tent are used by the Visit San Marino crowd to inform visitors not only about the MotoGP, but also of their country. In this case, the truck was placed inside the San Marino city, not at the circuit.
Marco runs the company, drives the trucks, sets up the tents and makes sure everything runs smoothly for his client. In other words, if you live in Europe, you will maybe have seen him on the road, or if you went to one of the many events he goes to, you may have been inside his hospitality tent & truck. So he is one of those people who make MotoGP races happen.
I sat down in his tent and asked him a few questions. Marco is a happy-go-lucky kind of a guy, but with a solid head on his shoulders. He knows it's a tough life, and he knows he can not do it forever.
Here is the interview:
Q: So you travel to all the circuits for MotoGP and SuperBike, promoting organizations like San Marino?
A: Yes, my job is mainly to rent out this truck to other companies that need to promote their products, or like in this case, their country at events like MotoGP or for instance, in World SuperBike I work for Aprilia, and in Moto2 the ItalTrans team. So I take care of the hospitality, catering and other services like with the other hospitality suites.
Q: That means there are a lot of events every year, which means a lot of travelling. Do you know how many kilometers per year you travel?
A: Well, from March to November, and I have two trucks that I rent to my clients, and with each truck I do more or less 32,000 kilometers per year. So in total 60 to 70,000 kilometers. But there are 30 work weeks, which means in one weekend, I can drive 1,500 kilometers. Everything concentrated in a short amount of time.
Q: But when you do this, what about family life? What about friends?
A: No, I can't have that. Family, yes, of course. My father works with me, so sometimes we are together. But it is very difficult to have a personal life.
In the recent years, I have tried to accept every job I could get because of the European economy, and especially Italy is in crisis, so I can not say no to a new client and refuse jobs. So I do not have much free time to dedicate to family or friends. But in this field, I also have friends. Like in Aprilia or in other parts of motorsports, I have a lot of friends. So I can also have fun.
It's a very hard way of life, but of course I try to have fun as well. But I have been doing this job for 10 years and I know this is a short period of work life. It can last 10 to 15 years, meaning until my 30th or 45th years of age. So I have another 4 or 5 years for this work.
Q: When you travel, do you sleep in hotels or in the truck?
A: In the truck. It's not that hotels are expensive, but you spend a lot of time to reach the hotel. It's a big waste of time. And it's not only money or time, but the truck is mine, and I want to take care of it.
Q: In all the countries you've been, which was the most difficult?
A: Russia. Because the roads for the trucks are very difficult.
Q: And which country is the easiest?
A: North Europe. Holland, Belgium, Germany and UK. But I prefer to be in Spain because of the weather, which is good for the work.
Q: Last question, do you ride motorcycle yourself?
A: Yes, now a T-Max scooter, but I just sold my Yamaha R6 and I have a 125cc bike.
Thank you Marco.