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MotoGP stars hone their writing skills at Motegi

MotoGP stars hone their writing skills at Motegi

MotoGP stars hone their writing skills at Motegi

MotoGP riders Marco Melandri, Alex Barros and John Hopkins were back in the classroom today at Motegi, as they attended a Shodo class - the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy. The MotoGP men were also joined by Randy de Puniet, Hector Barbera and 125cc Championship leader Thomas Lüthi.

Calligraphy is an art form that has been studied for over three thousand years; Shodo may have originated in China, but ‘the style of writing' is uniquely Japanese. The riders were introduced to the basics of calligraphy and learnt to write ideograms such as 'fire', 'mountain' and 'air'. The riders were also taught how to write their own names in Japanese.

After the class, Barros talked about his expectations for this weekend. "This track has been pretty good to me, I won here in 2002 and took second the previous year," recalled the Brazilian rider. "I know this track pretty well, so I think it could be a good weekend." His factory colleague Marco Melandri was also confident on the eve of the first practice session. The Italian is determined to bounce back after a string of lacklustre results recently and is aiming to regain second spot in the championship standings.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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