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Riders visit heritage site and community project

Riders visit heritage site and community project

A group of World Championship riders visited the historic centre of San Marino and then toured a community rehabilitation centre on Thursday.

Thursday’s pre-event activities on the eve of the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini commenced with a visit to the historic centre of San Marino and the ‘Wall’ at Mount Titano, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards, Gabor Talmacsi, Alex de Angelis, Héctor Barberá, Andrea Iannone, Raffaele de Rosa, Alex Baldolini and Hiroshi Aoyama all abseiled down the wall.

Randy de Puniet also attended, but sat out the abseiling because of his ankle injury. Edwards had a go at climbing the wall but there was not enough time for the Texas Tornado to go all the way to the top on this occasion!

Edwards, De Angelis, Talmacsi, Barberá, Iannone, De Rosa, Baldolini and Aoyama then went on to San Patrignano, which is a privately funded drug rehabilitation community that has been heavily supported by Scot Costruzioni and the Scot Racing Team since it was founded in 1978.

The riders were introduced to the 1500 community residents in the dining hall, and received a very warm welcome. They posed for photos with a number of the residents before sitting down to lunch cooked by the community’s own chefs, who are all part of the rehabilitation programme.

The community’s press officer, Carlo Bozzo, then explained to the riders how the San Patrignano project works to rehabilitate marginalised individuals and drug addicts without any social, political, or religious discrimination.

The riders were then shown around the winery, where residents produce San Patrignano’s own wine as part of their rehabilitation programme, followed by the stables, where residents have trained some of the best showjumping horses in Italy, again as part of their rehabilitation programme.

The final stop on the trip was to watch a performance by the children of the San Patrignano community, and to pose for photos with them. The children attend with their parents and are an integral part of the community.

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MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

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