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West and Vermeulen take in powerboat competition

West and Vermeulen take in powerboat competition

As mentioned on motogp.com yesterday, two of the World Championship's Australian talents were enjoying a day off with a difference on Saturday in Qatar, feeding their need for speed by taking up the invitation to attend the opening Class One Powerboat race of the year in Doha Corniche.

As mentioned on motogp.com yesterday, two of the World Championship's Australian talents were enjoying a day off with a difference on Saturday in Qatar, feeding their need for speed by taking up the invitation to attend the opening Class One Powerboat race of the year in Doha Corniche.

Kawasaki's Anthony West and Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen were guests of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation, and specifically its President and powerboat competitor HE Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, as they took a trip in the pace boat for the water race. West was also chosen to wave the flag that signalled the start of the event, in which their host finished second.

"The pace boat was pretty cool," declared West. "It felt really fast, but it was still a surprise to look at the speedometer and see that we were doing nearly 100MPH on water. I'm big into modified cars, but I think I'd have one of these boats over a car any day; it was so trick."

Both riders are renowned for their capabilities in the wet on a MotoGP circuit, but are unlikely to need anything approaching a wet setting for Sunday night's race.

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MotoGP, 2008

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