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HRC out in force in Istanbul

HRC out in force in Istanbul

Ahead of the Grand Prix of Turkey, several HRC riders met with the local media on Thursday morning in Istanbul.

Ahead of the Grand Prix of Turkey, several HRC riders met with the local media on Thursday morning in Istanbul.

World Champion Nicky Hayden spoke to the local press, along with Marco Melandri, who won in Turkey in 2005 and 2006, Carlos Checa of Honda LCR, and 250cc riders Andrea Dovizioso and Shuhei Aoyama,.

The riders shared their opinions on the eve of the third round of the World Championship. They were all in agreement that the new regulations limiting the number of tyres in MotoGP is likely to have a bigger influence this weekend than in the preceding two races, which took place on circuits where the teams have undertaken preseason tests, in contrast to Istanbul.

Following Ducati and Yamaha's early season successes, with Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi's victories in Losail and Jerez respectively, the pressure is mounting on the Honda riders - but they have a great record in Istanbul.

Melandri has of course won the only two previous MotoGP Grands Prix in Turkey and last year Honda filled the podium in the Turkish capital.

"Istanbul Park is quite a cool track, especially with that fast 5th gear corner. On the 990cc bike that corner was wild, though on these bikes it might not really be a corner any more," commented Hayden. "It'll be interesting to see how the 800s feel through there. It's a really good track and I like the layout because it's got some serious elevation changes."

"Turn One's really technical and television doesn't really do that corner justice. People at home don't really see how blind the entry is and what a drop off there is, so that's pretty fun. It's been a decent track to me in the past and I'm looking forward to racing there again."

As he defends his title, Hayden is looking for his first victory of the season this weekend and he was in good spirits as he and his colleagues received a typical Turkish gift of an earthenware tile decorated in the traditional colours of Istanbul.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY

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