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World Cup fever takes over the MotoGP paddock

World Cup fever takes over the MotoGP paddock

World Cup fever takes over the MotoGP paddock

World Cup fever has extended to the MotoGP paddock this weekend, with several top riders donning their national football shirts in support of the teams currently doing battle in Korea and Japan. MotoGP stars Carlos Checa (Spain), Kenny Roberts (USA), Valentino Rossi (Italy), Olivier Jacque (France), Alex Hofmann (Germany) and Daijiro Kato (Japan) were joined by 250 riders Leon Haslam (England) and Sebastian Porto (Argentina) for a photo shoot on the grid at Montmeló, although Jacque and Porto struggled to raise a smile as their teams were eliminated in the first round.

The hustle and bustle of the paddock was replaced for an hour and a half this afternoon by an eerie silence as Italy took on Mexico in their final group game. Max Biaggi was joined by his mechanics and several Italian journalists as they all huddled in the team´s hospitality tent to see the `Azzurri´ seal a 1-1 draw and qualification for the last 16 of the prestigious competition. Just around the corner Marco Melandri and Roberto Locatelli were just two of those who also watched the game intently with their teams.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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