Someone like Marco Confortola, who is an extreme mountain climber, could be defined as “crazy”. He slipped on his skis for a downhill run at more than 200 Km/h in the flying kilometer and he reached the top of K2 without the help of the artificial oxygen. During the trek on K2 he lost 11 friends as they tried to return down the mountain; he slept on the slopes of the mountain, holding on to a rope and he lost all his toes to frostbite but he survived to tell his story...
However while he accepts extreme risks, every single action, even the most extreme action is calculated. His passion for two-wheeled vehicles pushed him to enroll in school, to take lessons at Corsidiguida.it, coming into contact for the first time with the new MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR. He has never experienced riding on a circuit and has never worn a leather suit. For these reasons he decided that it is best to rely on experts for advice.
He followed all the advice of his friend Roberto Locatelli with great care and admiration. “When you are riding a very powerful motorcycle, such as the Brutale 1090RR, and you have a chassis that enables you to ride to the limit, it is unthinkable to try to learn on your own. The precious advice of those like Locatelli enable you to control the bike, to approach the limit without undue risk of being injured. I am a mountain rescuer, as well, I know the importance of the rules and of safety. Too often I am called upon to assist those who are improvised amateurs”. Bikes and mountains have to be respected, Confortola says. “The MV Brutale is an easy bike to ride as long as you use half of its available hp… to take advantage of the remaining hp you need experience and respect. I am not used to this power, and I thank the chassis, the suspension and the brakes of the Brutale, which enable me to recover any mistake I make. What is really exciting—almost like reaching 8000 meters at a high altitude while mountain climbing—was touching the ground with my knee for the first time riding on a bend…”
Roberto Locatelli, who was his teacher, is his friend, as well. ”We share something,” relates Locatelli, “we both suffered due to serious accidents, I suffered for the accident at Jerez (a horrific crash in practice for the 2007 Jerez 250cc Grand Prix resulted in a coma and major facial injuries), Marco for the loss of all his toes on his descent from K2. Passion for sport, for life, has given us the motivation for our way out. Marco, unlike me, is still immersed in his activity. He is very strong and tireless. The circuit of Castelletto di Branduzzo wears out anyone, above all in warm weather. He never gets exhausted, his desire to continue riding round the circuit is insatiable. Is there too much oxygen down here? ”