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Luxury yacht and poker for MotoGP stars before Jerez

Luxury yacht and poker for MotoGP stars before Jerez

The official pre-event ahead of the Gran Premio bwin de España on Thursday saw five premier class riders enjoy jet ski rides and a game of poker on board the bwin Poker Yacht on the Andalusian coast.

MotoGP riders Colin Edwards, Mika Kallio, Marco Melandri, Randy de Puniet and Álvaro Bautista were the stars who took part in the Thursday pre-event ahead of the Gran Premio bwin de España.

The quintet rode jet skis out to the bwin Poker Yacht moored off the Puerto de Santa Maria, which is close to the Jerez circuit where Sunday’s race will take place, and it was Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Edwards and LCR Honda man De Puniet who appeared to take the greatest pleasure from what became a competitive half hour before they embarked the yacht.

“It’s been a long time since I rode a jet ski, maybe ten years! They have obviously made some advancements in technology because the one I was on was fast!” explained Edwards, before turning his attention to Sunday’s race. “This is one of the biggest Grands Prix and I’m just happy to be in Europe. This should be a good race, everybody knows it’s tough out there because everybody is really fast this year and the bikes seem like they’ve evened out a little bit, so we’ll go out there and see what happens.”

De Puniet, who placed fourth in last year’s race on board his Honda, said: “It was a pleasure to have a pre-event like this before the race. Last year I finished fourth here and it was one of my best races of last season, and I’d like to maintain the same level as in Qatar.”

“This season MotoGP is very strong and it’s difficult to get good results, but I’m confident because I feel at ease with the bike. The podium is a target but if I can fight for between fifth and eighth place, that is my target for this year. For sure if I have the chance of a podium I will take it.”

Melandri was also in relaxed mood as he looked forward to riding at a track that has happy memories for him.

“There’s no danger of crashing on the asphalt with these jet skis!” the Italian said. “This is one of the most beautiful races of the year and as it’s the first back in Europe the crowd will be crazy. The weather will be good so I’m looking forward to the race because we had a very bad start to the season. The team has been working hard and I really want to be competitive because I don’t want to be just a number during the race. I was fifth last year and had my first podium with Honda in MotoGP here, so I really like this track and I’m confident about what my team has done during the week.”

The riders also took part in a game of poker on board the yacht, with the stakes high in a round of ‘Texas Hold Em’. Edwards was the first to go all in with the other riders matching him, with the exception of Melandri. The touring bwin poker table will be present throughout the Gran Premio bwin de España weekend. For more information on bwin poker visit


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