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Riders take part in charity football game

Riders take part in charity football game

Riders take part in charity football game

A group of MotoGP riders last night took part in a traditional football match against a German celebrity XI in aid of Riders for Health. In front of an enthusiastic crowd of around 2,000 people, football fanatic Max Biaggi led out a team which included fellow MotoGP riders Jeremy McWilliams, John Hopkins, Noriyuki Haga, Shinya Nakano, Makoto Tamada and Ryuichi Kiyonari. Local heroes Christian Gemmel, Katja Poensgen and Dirk Heidolf also took part alongside fellow 250cc riders Sebastian Porto and Chaz Davies, whilst 125cc stars Roberto Locatelli, Pablo Nieto and Thomas Luthi also pulled on their boots for the occasion.

The German celebrity XI were quick out of the blocks with three early goals, but the riders came back strongly with Biaggi and McWilliams leading by example and both finding the net on a couple of occasions to launch a comeback which eventually saw the riders run out 8-6 winners.

"Personally I love football so it is always nice to forget about the pressures of the weekend with a nice game," said Biaggi afterwards. "The crowd here were great and we were glad to entertain them – thanks to everybody for coming and for supporting Riders for Health. Hopefully we can get the same level of support at the weekend and give them all something to cheer about on the racetrack."

MotoGP, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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