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MotoGP riders make riverboat trip

MotoGP riders make riverboat trip

Six World Championship riders present at Shanghai event

MotoGP riders James Toseland and Chris Vermeulen were joined by 250cc men Mika Kallio & Marco Simoncelli and 125cc representatives Simone Corsi & Joan Olive for a pre-event riverboat trip in Shanghai, taking in the sights of the Chinese city from a different perspective.

The sextet took part in a musical performance on the boat, the beat of a Chinese drum echoing out onto the Huangpu river. There was also a chance for local fans to get autographs from the stars upon their reaching dry land.

`I found out that I can´t play the drums!´ said Toseland –MotoGP´s resident musician- after joining in on percussion. `Shanghai is a really beautiful city, and it´s the first time that I´ve ever been here.´

Vermeulen shared his colleagues enthusiasm for the city, and also the relief that he wouldn´t be relying on his skills with the sticks to earn a living.

`It´s a good job that I can ride a bike, because I was pretty useless with the drums!´ joked the Australian, who may even return to China in a more relaxed setting.

`I really like Shanghai, and I might come back here some time for a holiday.´


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