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Riders relaxing in Doha ahead of race action

Riders relaxing in Doha ahead of race action

Several MotoGP riders present in Doha have been making the most of their free time today to relax and enjoy the local culture ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the season in Qatar.

Several MotoGP riders present in Doha have been making the most of their free time today to relax and enjoy the local culture ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the season in Qatar.

Tomorrow will see the first session of free practice of the new 2007 World Championship, so today MotoGP's Marco Melandri and Alex Barros, 125cc champion Alvaro Bautista, fellow 250cc newcomer Ratthapark Wilairot and Japanese KTM 125 rider Tomoyoshi Koyama, have all been familiarising themselves with the local customs and the culture of the Arabic region.

Taking advantage of the sunshine, light breeze and pleasant temperatures on the eve of first Grand Prix at Losail, the riders have enjoyed camel rides, experienced some local gastronomic delights and viewed henna tattoos being applied. They have also seen Arabic craftsmen at work weaving wicker baskets, watched some local dancers in action and witnessed a falconry display.

Bautista in particular seemed to enjoy his first ever ride on the back of a camel. The Aspar rider commented: "It's great to switch off slightly and relax before a Grand Prix. I'm always grateful for being able to take part in these types of promotional activities that are organized before races. I had never ridden a camel before and it went very well!"

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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