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MotoGP arrives at the Island

MotoGP arrives at the Island

The adrenaline of Valentino Rossi´s title win at Motegi is still flowing as MotoGP hits Phillip Island on the second leg of the three-date Pacific Rim tour.

A fresh breeze and some typically cool temperatures greeted the MotoGP travelling circus as the World Championship riders and their teams reconvened at Australia´s iconic Phillip Island on Thursday morning.

Comparable to Italy´s Mugello circuit in terms of natural beauty and its popularity with the Grand Prix fraternity, the Aussie venue promises to produce another spectacular weekend of MotoGP action – despite the possible rain forecast for Friday and Saturday, a feature of so many GPs this year.

Thursday´s preliminary activities will commence at 10am at the nearby Penguin Parade, with Australian star Chris Vermeulen releasing a penguin that has been recuperating from illness in the Phillip Island Wildlife Hospital back into the wild.

At midday the wildlife theme continues on neighbouring Churchill Island when a group of riders including Andrea Dovizioso, Mika Kallio, Marco Simoncelli, Mike di Meglio and Simone Corsi learn some sheep tending skills with a Kelpie dog and the local farm manager, before meeting a baby lamb.

The more serious business of the pre-event press conference at 4pm will see Vermeulen joined by fellow Australians Casey Stoner and Anthony West, in addition to newly crowned 2008 MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and last year´s championship runner-up Dani Pedrosa.

After his enthralling title-clinching victory at Motegi on Sunday Rossi will attempt to maintain the high spirits as he looks to fend off the challenges from Stoner and Pedrosa on-track as the weekend progresses.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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