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Olympic champ thrilled with MotoGP experience

Olympic champ thrilled with MotoGP experience

Olympic champ thrilled with MotoGP experience

Every race weekend, MotoGP attracts its fair share of personalities and celebrities, all ready to enjoy the spectacular action provided by the best riders in the World. This weekend quadruple rowing Olympic Champion Matthew Pinsent went further and had first-hand experience of 4-stroke adrenaline at Donington Park.

Pinsent, who retired last year after taking his fourth Olympic gold medal in Athens, completed a couple of laps of the Donington Park circuit on the back of Randy Mamola's two-seater Ducati Desmosedici.

"I'm used to riding a bike ‘normally', but these two laps with Randy were amazing, it's not quite the same experience," said Pinsent, who was recently awarded a medal for his outstanding career by the International Rowing Federation.

"The most impressive thing was to see how you have to use the whole body on this kind of bike. You have to get out there to really understand the physical demands of this sport and the work the riders have to do to ride long runs!"

Before his run on the Ducati, Pinsent was treated with some first-class riding, as he witnessed Valentino Rossi's record-breaking pace in qualifying.
"This is the first time I have come to a MotoGP event and it's really great! Qualifying was a blast and I'm really looking forward to the race!"


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