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Hopkins and Liuzzi in machinery exchange event

Hopkins and Liuzzi in machinery exchange event

Hopkins and Liuzzi in machinery exchange event

John Hopkins, who will tomorrow test the Suzuki 800cc bike alongside Chris Vermeulen for the first time, today took part in an interesting event in conjunction with Formula 1 rider Vitantonio Liuzzi at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The American joined up with the Toro Rosso driver on track with both of their 2006 rides today for an exchange of machinery and talent.

To open the intriguing afternoon of motorsport action, Liuzzi undertook a series of laps to set up his Formula 1 car for the Valencian circuit. Hopkins then joined the track ahead of the Italian on his GSV-R to show him the different lines that a MotoGP bike should take. Both undertook laps on the two wheeled machine, and the more experienced Hopkins pulled a huge wheelie alongside the Formula 1 car on the start/finish straight.

Liuzzi was thrilled with the experience, and gave credit to the MotoGP bike that he took round the track on his own for 6 further laps.

"These things are true monsters. Our two sports are nearly completely different, as much in the handling as the corner entry, the braking…everything is very different. It is incredible what they do with these machines, their sliding and the way that they are taken to the absolute limit. I would need many, many laps to improve my motorcycle riding."

"It's absolutely fantastic to be able to ride the Formula 1 car," added Hopkins. "Each time I was going round faster and faster. At the start you look for your braking point and then you enter the next corner realizing that you had another 100 metres more in which to brake…it's incredible! I want to thank Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Rizla Suzuki for an unforgettable day."

MotoGP, 2006, John Hopkins

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