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Jorge Lorenzo and Angel Nieto amazed by lap of TT course

MotoGP World championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has spoken of the 'amazing experience' of lapping the iconic TT course.
Riding a lap of the famous TT Mountain course was an 'amazing experience', according to MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo.

The Spanish racer had his first taste of the 37.73-mile circuit ahead of the final race of the 2010 Isle of Man TT, riding a specially liveried Yamaha alongside fellow Spanish GP great Angel Nieto, the 13-times World Champion.

Reflecting on the experience, which his Fiat Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi also had last year, Lorenzo said:

“What an amazing experience. Now I understand why people enjoy the experience of riding at the TT.”

“I only did one lap and I would definitely like some more practice. I was able to make a few wheelies and wave a lot to the crowd - there seem to be so many people here. It was a very, very good experience.”

After his lap, Lorenzo watched the Dainese Senior TT from a private garden at the bottom of Bray Hill. He admitted he was stunned by the racing, but also saddened by the crash involving Guy Martin, a fellow Dainese ambassador, on lap three.

Martin was airlifted to hospital with relatively minor injuries given the speed of the crash at Ballagarey. The race was red flagged after the incident and reduced from six to four laps when it was restarted.

Lorenzo said:

“I have read all about the TT in magazine and have seen TV programmes - but nothing can prepare you for the real experience.”

Nieto, who competed at the TT in 1968, was also thrilled by his experience at the 2010 TT.

He said:

“It was a great honour to come back to such a great and historic place as a guest of Dainese. I have strong memories from my time here a long time ago and it is great to come back and see the TT so healthy.”

“We were all so concerned for Guy - it is a miracle that we here good news. It was great to show Jorge the TT and I'm glad he enjoyed so much. For us both it was a very special experience.”

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MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo prepares for his first lap of the Mountain course, with fellow Grand Prix great Angel Nieto, during the final day of the 2010 Isle of Man TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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SloeGin - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 8:55 PM

I just recently broke both legs losing the front on the back roads. My body hit a fence going 40 miles an hour. I had to be air lifted out. I missed visiting the pearly gates by 6 inches. Frankly, I don't think you need more or bigger eggs to race on the road, but you definitely are missing a few marbles if you do. GP riders aren't missing marbles when they say 'no' to the TT. Of course there is no guarantee of not breaking something on the track. All GP'ers have. However it is not the fall and slide that kill you, it is the sudden stop. Risking sudden stop does not make you more man. My thoughts and prayers go out to all TT'ers families that have lost their loved ones to the sudden stop.


June 14, 2010 4:23 AM

All bike racing at the top level requires great skill, bravery and determination Road racing pushes the bravery to the max Circuit racing pushes the skills to the max The biggest differences are the consequences of a crash, ...on a dirt bike a good result is being able to re-join the race ...in a circuit race a good result is being able to compete in the next round ... in a road race a good result is still being alive

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