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Checa and Nakano take tour of Istanbul

Checa and Nakano take tour of Istanbul

Checa and Nakano take tour of Istanbul

On the eve of the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix several riders went on a tour to discover the city of Istanbul. Carlos Checa, Shinya Nakano and Gabor Talmacsi took a traditional and unforgettable boat excursion on the Bosphorus river and enjoyed the sight of the famous Bosphorus bridge, one of the world's largest suspension bridges, linking Europe to Asia.

Later the riders were back on solid ground to visit the Virgin Tower where they were welcomed by Istanbul's mayor, Kadir Top Bash, who was delighted to welcome the MotoGP roadshow to his city for the first time. "We are pleased to welcome the MotoGP World Championship," said Top Bash. "It's a major sporting event which will help to promote our country in a very important time for Turkey, as we want to strenghthen our links with Europe and raise our profile."

After a sumptuous meal at the Virgin Tower, Checa, Nakano and Talmacsi boarded another boat to reach the city centre. The riders visited two of the most famous buildings in the city, the Church of the Holy Wisdom, also known as Hagia Sofia, and the Sultan Ahmet Mosque or 'Blue Mosque'.

"It's great to have the opportunity to visit this country, Istanbul is a beautiful city, there's an incredible mix of cultures that's very interesting," commented Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa. "Regarding the track, I'd say it looks like one of the best in the world, there are a lot of uphill and downhill sections and it should be a great spectacle. This inaugural GP will be very important to promote our sport in this country."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Shinya Nakano

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