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Maru Wildlife Park welcomes riders

Maru Wildlife Park welcomes riders

Espargaró brothers Aleix and Pol along with British riders Scott Redding and Danny Webb paid a visit to the Maru Wildlife Park on Phillip Island in the traditional pre-event for the Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

Aleix and Pol Espargaró, Scott Redding and Danny Webb were all present at the traditional Phillip Island pre-event in which MotoGP riders visit the Maru Wildlife Park each year. Meeting native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wombats and dingoes the quartet enjoyed the opportunity to relax ahead of this weekend's Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

Pramac Racing MotoGP rider and older of the Espargaró siblings Aleix said: “It's great to be here in Australia and relaxing with the animals, and to be able to disconnect from the racing a little bit. I crashed in the last race and it was a disaster weekend so we will try to get it back on track here in Australia and get in the top ten for the last three races.”

His brother Pol is currently locked in a close battle for the 125cc title, and the Tuenti Racing rider added: “It's nice to take your mind off the World Championship for a bit! Sure I will go for the win this weekend, but of course it will be hard. We are all working so hard to try and take this World Championship, we are feeling good with the bike set-up now so we will try and win.”

British pair Redding and Webb were also both looking forward to the weekend, and Moto2 Marc VDS Racing rider Redding stated: “The last few races have been coming along really well for us, there have just been a couple of minor problems. But we can overcome this for the last few races and hopefully try and get on the podium, at least one more time this season.”

Having recently signed a new two-year contract with the team Redding cast an eye towards the 2011 season, and added: “I think it's a possibility to run at the front next year in the Championship. We'll do all we can to do that.”

When Redding turned the microphone on his fellow Brit, 125cc Andalucia Cajasol rider Webb said that his crash in the Malaysian GP would not hold him back this weekend as he also seeks a strong finish to the campaign.

“It should be a good weekend. We had a big crash in Malaysia but we're back fit and strong so it's time to open the gas again!” said Webb. “I want to be at the top again and in the race we had a good pace so we should be fast again. Hopefully we can finish inside the top four.”


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