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Old 07-03-2009, 01:11 AM   #1
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Reigning six time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi took on American grand prix legends Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson during a Superkart 'exhibition' at Laguna Seca on Thursday.

The quartet, who have won a combined total of 16 premier-class world championships since 1978 - three for Roberts and Rainey, four for Lawson and six for Rossi - drove the 250cc Yamaha two-stroke karts for four laps around the undulating Californian circuit, which will host Sunday's US Grand Prix.

Although it was not officially meant to be a race, it unsurprisingly turned into one - although the drivers couldn't agree who had started it - with Rossi coming out on top by around 15 seconds over the Americans.

“I am happy because now it is possible for me to say I beat Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson!” smiled Rossi. “To share the track with these great names from the past was fun and important."

Superkarts, which feature more bodywork than a 'normal' kart, including a rear wing, can lap the 3.601km track just a couple of seconds slower than the MotoGP bikes.

“Honestly I was bit nervous about the Superkarts before because I know how fast these things are!” said Rossi, who finished fourth in the 1991 Italian Junior Go-Kart Championship.

“I sometimes drive one in Italy with friends, just for fun, but I know that Kenny, Eddie and Wayne like to race and they're quite serious! Also this isn't the easiest track... Anyway, it was great fun and I enjoyed myself a lot.

“The kart is quite incredible; the gearbox is very good and in the hard braking areas it's really impressive. It feels very fast and it's possible to have a lot of fun.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on my bike tomorrow however!” added the Italian, who won his 100th grand prix last weekend at Assen.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:22 AM   #3
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Although it was not officially meant to be a race, it unsurprisingly turned into one - although the drivers couldn't agree who had started it - with Rossi coming out on top by around 15 seconds over the Americans.

It had to be a little embarrasing to be beaten so badly, by a guy who doesn't regularly race those things, against three guys who do.
I enjoyed watching Roberts, Rainey and Lawson back in the day and thought that Roberts would ALWAYS be "The King", but Valle is just amazing.
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i'm that motogp.com will not let me view the video on their site, i paid a ton of money for their top of the line viewing package too.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:22 PM   #13
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:24 PM   #14
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That is awesome..... holy those shifter carts are fast!

Really cool to see. Looks like Val stayed out of the dirt in the cork screw this time
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:51 PM   #15
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also looks like the added some pavement for Val to use this year also.
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