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Checa and Guintoli enjoy seaside adventure

Checa and Guintoli enjoy seaside adventure

Enjoying a short break from their preparations for this weekend's Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya this afternoon, Honda LCR's Carlos Checa and Dunlop Yamaha Tech3's Sylvain Guintoli took to the Mediterranean as MotoGP arrived in Barcelona.

Enjoying a short break from their preparations for this weekend's Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya this afternoon, Honda LCR's Carlos Checa and Dunlop Yamaha Tech3's Sylvain Guintoli took to the Mediterranean as MotoGP arrived in Barcelona.

On this occasion the two premier class riders were onboard personal watercraft machinery in the Catalan city's Olympic Port, rather than their highly charged MotoGP prototypes, as they relaxed in the afternoon sunshine ahead of the seventh Grand Prix of the season.

When free practice begins tomorrow both riders will be looking find suitable settings for the weekend's action with Checa in particular - currently 13th in the general classification with 20 World Championship points - hoping for a good result at his home race in front of a passionate Catalan crowd on Sunday.

MotoGP rookie Guintoli meanwhile, 16th in the standings and one of only five riders to have finished each race this season, aims to continue building experience and pick up more points at a circuit where his best result to date is the seventh place he achieved in 2004 as a 250cc rider.

After donning a wet suit and life jacket instead of his Honda LCR leathers for the marine escapade, a calm and collected Checa commented: "I love anything with an engine and enjoy all extreme sports so this was great. But now we have to focus completely on the job at hand this weekend at Montmelo, get the bike on track and try to achieve a good result in my home race."

Guintoli clearly also enjoyed the seaside visit, adding: "I haven't been on one of these bikes for three years, but I really enjoyed it straight away. It was really exciting and easy to ride, although the water was a little bit cold! It was good to wind down a bit before the serious business of this weekend's action at the Catalunya circuit gets underway."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Sylvain Guintoli, Carlos Checa

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