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MotoGP leader Rossi learns track from Playstation


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With MotoGP returning to the states after being absent for 11 years, Laguna Seca is not a familar track for some of the riders. From Motorcycle USA:

 

"I've never been to California or Laguna, but I know it's a strange track with a difficult first section and it will be hard. I know it only from television but I have been practicing with the Playstation and more or less I know the layout." - Valentino Rossi
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I think you'd be surprised at how many professional race drivers use racing simulations for practice. PC racing sims have had a "closet" following for quite some time and as games like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport bring much needed realism to the console market you will only see more and more drivers using these "games" as training tools. I think it is pretty cool. I've ran into a few professional and amatuer drivers while racing online in GTR on the PC. See em on the forums every now and then as well.

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There's a legendary (probably apocryphal) story about Codies' promotion for the original Colin McRae Rally where they installed it and a Playstation in a hospitality suite they took round various motorsport events. Apparently, a couple of the WRC guys got hideously competitive on it, but still didn't manage to stop the memory card at the end of the year reading "M Schumacher" top for just about every single time-trial...

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I remember when Jacques Villeneuve joined F1 in 96 there was a thing on TV about how he used Grand Prix 2 to learn the tracks that he'd never raced, and was winning poles (of course the Williams car he drove that year was easily the best in the field).

 

I'm sure with the increasing popularity of games, and the increased realisim of racing Sims, that it has only grown.

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Thought I'd bump this thread for a hell of a MotoGP race today. Americans Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards finish 1 & 2, followed by the grand champion Valentino Rossi. It was Hayden's first MotoGP win and it was on home turf. Pretty sweet for him. :tu

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