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MotoGP riders relax before the real action with differing day-trips
Some of the MotoGP riders like, Jeremy McWilliams, Loris Capirossi and Olivier Jacque spent a few hours of Thursday, the day before the first test sessions of Africa´s Grand Prix in Welkom get underway, at the region´s typical tourist spots, like the gold mine and safari park.
It was McWilliams who led the expedition into the gold mine. By his side were Alzamora and Giansanti amongst others. The riders did the full tour, which included going down some 1.350 metres to take in the terrain where the miners work to extract the gold. McWilliams and Alzamora themselves had a go with one of the pneumatic drills used in the mine, and attempted to drill one of the mine faces. At the same time, another group of riders including Capirossi, Jacque, Poggiali and Fonsi Nieto, travelled to the Stone Safari reserve, near the Welkom circuit, for the opportunity to view the animals which live semi-wild in the park. Capirossi made the journey for the second time as he enjoyed the experience so much last year, with the opportunity to see lions, tigers, antilopes and other wild animals. For his part, Olivier Jacque was particularly taken with the giraffes, and ventured to within just a few metres to film them with his video-camera.
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