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Colin McRae on a spying mission in Australia

Colin McRae on a spying mission in Australia

Colin McRae on a spying mission in Australia

Colin McRae is well known to be one of MotoGP´s biggest fans, but he had extra reason to pay close attention to the SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island last weekend. The Scotsman turned up at track-side to see his future rival Valentino Rossi in action on two-wheels for the penultimate time in 2002 before he takes on the elite of WRC in the Network Q Rally of Great Britain next month. Rossi will drive a Peugeot in the illustrious event and former World Champion McRae is hoping he doesn´t see too much of the famous yellow helmet in his rear view mirror.

`I hope I don´t have to watch out for Valentino – that would be like me getting on his bike and keeping up with him!´ smiled McRae, who was escorted to some of the best vantage points of the Australian circuit by Mick Doohan. `I am a big bike fan, but looking at the MotoGP guys close up was a bit different. Like anything, you don´t realise how fast they are until you are close up. Valentino has driven cars very quickly at Bologna and other circuits he knows but when he gets into the Welsh forests at 100mph having never done it at full speed before the rally will be quite difficult for him´. Speed freaks like McRae and Rossi generally have plenty in common on and off the track and the Italian will have someone to turn to if he does need advice ahead of his top level four-wheeled debut. `I will say to Valentino that the biggest thing he will have to get used to will be the pace notes from the navigator - also making the pace notes himself will be a huge change,´ adds McRae, who hopes the Italian will get chance to return the favour. ` If ever I get the chance to ride his bike I would love to do so. Not in a race situation but for a bit of fun in a practice would be great!´.

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MotoGP, 2002

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