The first thoughts that come into everybody's mind when thinking about MotoGP are obviously about racing, riders, mechanics and racetracks. However, these figures are just the visible tip of the iceberg as there is another set up and team who works tirelessly behind the scenes. This dedicated section is called hospitality and consists in the case of Tech3, of three trucks. Every team competing in MotoGP has a hospitality unit so that the riders and staff are well catered for and that the guests can enjoy their experience as much as possible, but to set up such impressive structures is a demanding task.

Hospitality Jerez 2019The trucks arrive at the circuit on Monday in order to park at their assigned position. Once the vehicles have been parked and cleaned, the building process begins instantly with the skilled staff all pulling together to construct the large unit, which is 11 meters wide and 10 meters in length plus takes close to thirty hours to set up inside and out. A thorough cleaning operation and check of all equipment is then undertaken on Thursday in preparation for the guests’ arrival on Friday.

The hospitality is a large-scale operation, where the principal duty is to prepare and serve food to the guests, which can be for as many as 200 people on a busy lunch, and approximately 750 meals across a whole race weekend. The welcoming hostess team ensure that the two-floored unit, complete with between 80 to 90 seats across both tiers, is kept clean, under control and remains visibly enticing. They maintain a relaxed atmosphere for the guests, where the staff will serve as many as 10,000 coffees during just the European rounds of the championship. Meanwhile, the team members have lunch and dinner at the Red Bull Energy Station during the race weekend.

Pierre Gimenez coordinates the operation of hospitality services for the team. He coordinates meals and events in the structure. Jean-Bernard Boyer, Nicolas Durand, Mathieu Lestienne, Manuel Mihindukulasuriya and Enzo Testa complete the team and together they all work tirelessly throughout the racing week to guarantee that all needs are met.

The hospitality unit also provides additional services such as rider signing sessions, providing sponsors with specialized treatments, supplying all event information to guests plus hosting business meetings and rider interviews with the global media. 

As the racing weekend draws to a close on Sunday afternoon the hospitality unit is disassembled with the task carrying on until Monday where everything is loaded back into the three trucks and then either driven back to the Tech3 headquarters in Provence, south France or onto the next circuit, depending on the race calendar.

The continuous endeavors of the hard-working team, keep the Tech3 hospitality in a professional standard and ensure that it is an ever-welcoming venue for guests to the team as well as providing exceptional services to the Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team.

 

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