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Windy Valencia welcomes MotoGP

Windy Valencia welcomes MotoGP

Windy Valencia welcomes MotoGP

The MotoGP World Championship set up camp for the final time this season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain, today with strong winds already testing the strength of the hospitality marquees and awnings ahead of the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Track action gets underway tomorrow and the riders may be happy to see the weather stay as it is, with bright sunshine and dry conditions prevailing over the rainstorms which hit the paddock yesterday.

For today at least the conditions proved perfect for MotoGP stars Loris Capirossi, Colin Edwards, Alex Hofmann and Makoto Tamada, who were invited to the Club Náutico of Valencia for a trip on the BMW Oracle sailing boat, which recently took part in the second and third Acts of the America's Cup.

Back at the track, MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was one of several riders to donate memorabilia to the Riders for Health auction, part of the annual Day of Champions held at Valencia in aid of the MotoGP charity.

Thousands of fans turned up to enjoy the day and were given the opportunity to visit pit-lane, where they met some of their heroes and took home autographs and memorabilia, as well as being entertained by a stunt show, riders interviews and a MotoGP Scalextric competition.

Watch video highlights of the Day of Champions and the MotoGP riders taking a trip on the BMW Oracle by clicking the video links at the top of the page.


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