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MotoGP trio visit China's tallest building

MotoGP trio visit China's tallest building

Loris Capirossi, Toni Elias and Olivier Jacque took some time out today to relax ahead of the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China as they visited one of Shanghai's most famous landmarks.

Loris Capirossi, Toni Elias and Olivier Jacque took some time out today to relax ahead of the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China as they visited one of Shanghai's most famous landmarks.

The MotoGP trio paid a visit to the world's fifth tallest building, the Jin Mao Tower, where they enjoyed the breathtaking views, met some Chinese fans and spoke to local, national and international media.

Constructed in 1998, the Jin Mao Tower is the tallest building in China and symbolises the country's emergence as one of the most rapidly developing economies in the world.

Containing offices, shops and a hotel, the tower is 420 metres in height and comprises 88 floors, served by a high-tech elevator system which can rise or descend by 20 floors per second.

The three MotoGP riders were able to enjoy the futuristic panorama of Shanghai which the tower offers, taking in the sheer size and scale of the city and the building itself from the 88th floor.

Capirossi, Elias and Jacque spoke to the media in a brief press conference held on the 50th floor and attended a ceremony in the picturesque gardens close to the tower which included a traiditonal Chinese ‘dragon dance' and a martial arts display performed by local children. ‘Capirex' was even lucky enough to be presented with a bunch of flowers by one enthusiastic and generous local MotoGP fan!

Giving his thoughts on the fourth Grand Prix of the season the 34 year-old Italian Ducati Marlboro rider commented: "We'll see what we can do at this circuit, as we've got a good, powerful bike, are capable of getting a good result here. From tomorrow we will know how things will go here. We know that we will be fast on the straight, but it's important to be competitive in other parts of the circuit."

Meanwhile, Kawasaki Racing's Jacque hopes to bounce back in China after causing a multiple collision in the last race in Turkey which ended his race and that of Colin Edwards and Dani Pedrosa in the first lap. He said: "This a very special race for me because in 2005 I got my first podium in MotoGP with Kawasaki. If it rains it will be great news for me. I would like to get a good result to wash away the bad taste in my mouth which I was left with after the accident in Turkey."

Honda Gresini rider Elias added: "I know that a lot is expected of me after the last couple of races and especially after my second place in Turkey, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and continue working as we are doing. This is going to be a hard Grand Prix in which the Ducati are going to make it very difficult for us."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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