Moto GP in Tugland
So whos going???? The track sure sounds alright.
Now that's a main straight!!!
Rossi predicts tight race on 'incredible' Shanghai circuit
Thursday April 28, 10:51 PM
SHANGHAI (AFP) - World champion Valentino Rossi is predicting a tight race at the inaugural Chinese MotoGP, with no-one having clear advantage on such an "incredible" new circuit.
"Tomorrow we all start from zero. Everyone is in the same situation," said the charismatic Italian master, who only arrived in Shanghai on Thursday morning.
"I've basically done nothing much to prepare for this new circuit. I've seen some pictures of the track, but that's all.
"I think it's going to be hard here. Friday practice will be very important, to understand the setting and the position of the bike."
The Shanghai International Circuit is one of three new venues being used this season and it has won unanimous praise from the top riders, who, like their Formula One counterparts last year, rate it as one of the best.
"It's very impressive, very good. The track is incredible," said the 26-year-old Rossi.
"I expect it to be a fast track. It is very tight, with long corners. But, really, it is like a dream."
The riders' 990cc four-stroke machines are expected to fly down the long straight here at up to 340 kilometres per hour, making them even faster than a Formula One car.
Rossi's Yamaha teammate Colin Edwards said he was dumbstruck when he first set eyes on the 5.45 kilometre track, composed of 16 sweeping curves and a massive straight of 1,175 metres.
"I've not seen anything like it before. It looked like we were coming into an aircraft hanger when we were approaching it. A great job's been done," said the American.
Like most of the riders, he hopped on a scooter Thursday to do a few laps and work out the pitfalls and advantage points.
"The track is new, I've just been trying to memorise it. I've got a good feel about it," he said.
Is it weird in here, or is it just me?