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Football fever invades the MotoGP paddock

Football fever invades the MotoGP paddock

Whilst several top football stars have taken the opportunity to get involved in Grand Prix racing in recent years, the 2004 MotoGP World Championship has given several riders the opportunity to show that they can also convert their skills.

The build up to the seventh round of the season, the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix, saw Spanish youngsters Hector Barberá and Alvaro Bautista line up alongside some of the cream of Brazilian football – including Emerson, Djaminha, Kaká and Roberto Carlos, who is involved with the management of the Seedorf Racing team – in a match against a team of journalists.

Then, just a couple of weeks later, there was the traditional Riders for Health charity football match in Germany, where John Hopkins, Jeremy McWilliams, Carlos Checa and Alex Hofmann lined up in a MotoGP XI against a German all-star team including former Olympic bobsled champion Michael Hubner.

See how football fever has invaded the MotoGP paddock in 2004 by clicking the video link at the top of the page.

MotoGP, 2004

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