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Hofmann and Cardoso meet the Melbourne Storm Team

Hofmann and Cardoso meet the Melbourne Storm Team

Hofmann and Cardoso meet the Melbourne Storm Team

Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso got a feel for Melbourne before the weekend's GP races at Phillip Island. They also didn't miss the opportunity to meet with Matt King and Matt Geyer, two of the best players of the Melbourne Storm, the top Australian football team in the NLR (National Rugby League).

In the impressive Olympic Park, home stadium of the Australian team, both Pramac D´Antin MotoGP riders spent an unusual day meeting the players of the Australian Rugby League under ideal weather conditions. The players taught the riders the basic rules of this spectacular sport, which is different from European Rugby, and practiced a simulated attack while passing the ball.

`I love it here. It was an exciting day! I used to watch Australian Rugby on television, but I had never seen it live´, said Alex Hofmann. `It was fantastic meeting those players who taught us the basics. This sport is so spectacular and so different from rugby in Europe. I also threw the ball for goal! It wasn't easy, and I have to say it was a new and good sensation. For me, Australia is right up there. I love the atmosphere at Phillip Island, the people, and the whole scenery´.

His team mate Jose Luis Cardoso explain: `I enjoyed a lot. KING and GEYER were very nice. I talked a lot with them. We simulated an attack in the middle of the stadium's playing field, and I felt the special atmosphere of a championship level match´.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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