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MotoGP visits Vienna

MotoGP visits Vienna

Two days ahead of the return to action at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky, MotoGP paid a visit to Vienna, resulting in spectacular scenes in one of Europe's most stunning capital cities.

Two days ahead of the return to action at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky, MotoGP paid a visit to Vienna, resulting in spectacular scenes in one of Europe's most stunning capital cities.

For the Austrian public this weekend's visit to Brno in the neighbouring Czech Republic is considered their home race, and they demonstrated their enthusiasm as an estimated crowd of 10,000 fans gathered in central Vienna to watch MotoGP stars Carlos Checa (Honda LCR), Sylvain Guintoli (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3) and Ivan Silva (Pramac d'Antin) take to the streets.

In MotoGP's first ever visit to Vienna, the premier class trio were joined by 250cc rider Mika Kallio, his Swiss 125cc colleague from the Austrian Red Bull KTM team Randy Krummenacher, and local 125cc star Michael Ranseder of Ajo Motorsport, as spectators got a glimpse of the potential of the prototype race machinery on show.

Austrian television company ATV, the national broadcasters and Austrian MotoGP rights holders, helped to organise the hugely successful event which saw the riders lapping a temporarily enclosed area of Vienna's Ringstrasse, in front of the Rathaus parliament building and the famous Austrian national Burg-Theater.

Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri, who is recuperating following a broken ankle sustained at Laguna and is expected ride at Brno, was also in attendance - but rested up as the other riders took to their bikes.

The Italian was joined on stage by his colleagues following the street ride, giving media interviews and signing autographs for the delighted crowd.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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