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Valentino Rossi At Silverstone With Ducati 1198 - Web Exclusive

Valentino Rossi joined a host of motorsport champions in an inauguration ceremony to open Silverstone Circuit’s state-of-the-art new Pit, Paddock and Conference complex – The Silverstone Wing.

May 26, 2011

The Wing provides a world-class facility for teams, officials and spectators alike, including 41 garages, a race control building, podium, media center, hospitality and VIP spectator zones. It will host the seventh round of the MotoGP world championship on June 12.

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Rossi, who missed riding at Silverstone last year due to injury, used the occasion to put in some practice laps on board a World Superbike 1198. However, the bike had to return to the garage with electrical problems, so the team called on Ducati UK to help. A standard 1198 street bike was delivered to the new pit complex and helped Valentino to put in 30 laps of Silverstone’s MotoGP Circuit.

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“I really had fun,” said Rossi before leaving for Italy. “After a few laps with the 1198 Superbike, we had a problem with the electronics and decided to use the street bike. I really liked riding that bike here. The track is nice; difficult and very technical. It makes you work hard because there are very fast sections where the right trajectory is important, and others that are very narrow where you need good grip under acceleration. The first turn is completely blind, and you must hold a very precise line, and in general the entire first section is really great, definitely the part I like most. In short, I enjoyed it, especially because there were many drivers and riders who have great histories in motorsports, like John Surtees, who told me that he raced here in the ’50s. He was great.”

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