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Biaggi, Checa and Mamola provide thrills at Marlboro Masters

Biaggi, Checa and Mamola provide thrills at Marlboro Masters

Biaggi, Checa and Mamola provide thrills at Marlboro Masters

Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa once again proved a huge hit at the popular Marlboro Masters Formula 3 race at Zandvoort in Holland this weekend. The Marlboro Yamaha Team riders were joined by former rider Randy Mamola for a series of crowd-pleasing demonstration laps. With Checa and Biaggi riding their four-stroke Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes and Mamola on a 2001 YZR500 two-stroke, the trio performed the customary wheelies, stoppies and burn-outs in front of 45,000 Dutch race fans. With the MotoGP season currently enjoying a month-long break from racing, Checa and Mamola appeared on Saturday and Sunday while Biaggi jetted in from holiday in Corsica on Sunday only.

`It is my third time here and it is always good fun,´ said Checa, who has recently signed a new two-year agreement to ride for the factory Yamaha MotoGP team. `It is great to spend time with the fans in a relaxed atmosphere. I don´t think the engineers in Japan would be too happy to see what we were doing with the bikes, but it's all part of the show!´

$$$ `I was enjoying a fantastic holiday on a boat with friends around Corsica, but the Masters has now become a traditional part of our calendar and I enjoy coming,´ said former 250 World Champion Biaggi. `There is a fantastic crowd here and it was good to have a few laps back on the bike. In two weeks we´re back to work in Brno. We have some new things on the bike and I hope all this wheelie practice can be put to good use!´

Randy Mamola, who finished second in the 500cc World Championship on four occasions, was able to convert another 10 people to become life-long bike fans with rides on Yamaha´s famous YZR500 two-seat bike over the two-days. `This our third year here and each time the organisation has been fantastic for us,´ said Mamola. `I know it´s a very serious event for those taking part, but for us it is truly great fun. One of the most fun things for me with this two-seat project is seeing my passengers´ faces before and after – total fear before and total elation and thrills afterwards. It never fails!´

MotoGP, 2002, Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa

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