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Title contenders enjoy time-out down on the farm

Title contenders enjoy time-out down on the farm

Andrea Dovizioso was joined by four riders chasing titles in the smaller World Championship classes on a visit to a farm in Australia on Thursday afternoon.

Following the announcement of his exciting 2009 move to Repsol Honda last weekend in Japan Andrea Dovizioso was in a relaxed mood when he and four riders from the 250cc and 125cc categories visited a farm on Churchill Island, near Phillip Island, on the eve of the 2008 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Title rivals from the quarter-litre class Marco Simoncelli and Mika Kallio, in addition to single cylinder front runners Mike di Meglio and Simone Corsi were all in attendance to learn some duck and cattle herding skills with a local farm manager, who used a Kelpie dog to control the other animals.

The riders also got some instructions on sheep shearing, fed some baby lambs and then enjoyed some scones with strawberry jam and whipped cream for lunch.

Title favourite in the 250cc championship, Simoncelli commented, `It´s really great to get a bit closer to the nature and see the animals down here. It´s cool to see how they do all the farm work the old school way! It was funny and a good way to spend some time off before the race.´

The Italian continued, `I´ll try to get the title this weekend but it will be very hard as I would need to get 19 points more than Alvaro Bautista. It won´t be easy as he´s quick and usually very strong, but I´ll try my best. Anyway, I love the Phillip Island track and I hope the weather will be great.´

The man leading the way in the 125cc title chase, Di Meglio, stated, `It´s always nice to get some time off before the race, especially this time as it´s a bit unusual for us. It was nice to have the opportunity to see how the farms work in Australia and get to see the animals.´

`Tomorrow we´ll be back on track and it will be important to get a good start as we had a good weekeend in Japan and I want to continue the same way,´ added the young Frenchman. `I want to get another podium and possibly fight for victory as it´s a track I really love. I´m sure we can have a good race this weekend. I´m not thinking too much about the title though, I´m just taking the races one at a time.´


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