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Rossi and co. take in San Francisco

Rossi and co. take in San Francisco

Rossi and co. take in San Francisco

On the eve of the 2005 Red Bull US Grand Prix weekend, MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi ended a short vacation with a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with fellow riders Ruben Xaus, Makoto Tamada and John Hopkins.

"It's good to finally be here in the States! Everybody has been waiting for this moment for so long," said Rossi. "It's nice to see San Francisco and the Golden Gate – unfortunately it's a bit cold and windy for this time of the year. I really look forward to this Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, our bike should work well. I just hope it will be a bit warmer!"

Tamada joined Rossi on the trip to San Francisco before heading to the Laguna Seca paddock and paying a visit to the Clinica Mobile. The Japanese rider is still nursing the effects of the operation on his forearm, undertaken in Barcelona last Thursday after he suffered hardening of the muscle following intense physiotherapy on a broken wrist.

"My physical condition is good despite last week's operation," said Tamada. "It will be hard but thanks to the help of the Mobile Clinic I'm sure that as soon as I get on my bike the small amount of pain will go away."

MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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