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Duhamel happy with maiden 800cc outing

Duhamel happy with maiden 800cc outing

Gresini Honda stand-in rider Miguel Duhamel had his first 800cc ride this morning in free practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, and put in a respectable showing by clocking a time just over two seconds slower than fastest rider and World Championship leader Casey Stoner.

Gresini Honda stand-in rider Miguel Duhamel had his first 800cc ride this morning in free practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, and put in a respectable showing by clocking a time just over two seconds slower than fastest rider and World Championship leader Casey Stoner.

The experienced Canadian spoke to motogp.com after his first run-out, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity given to him by Fausto Gresini and desire not to give the mechanics too much work.

"It's great being out there riding the bike; it's a bit quieter than I was expecting, but really nice to ride," commented Duhamel.

"I just wish that this opportunity had come up two years ago when MotoGP first arrived at Laguna Seca; then I would have been a real superhero! I was out there at one point with Rossi, Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden and the rest, and they seemed to respect me. I haven't seen any hand gestures yet, so it must be going ok!"

Also competing in the AMA Superbike championship alongside his MotoGP return, Duhamel has a packed schedule to contend with.

"It'll be a busy weekend for sure. Right after this interview in fact I'll be putting on my Superbike ensemble and going out for practice."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX

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