May 15, 2013
© 2013, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
From a press release
issued by Dorna Communications
Donald Duck with MotoGP riders at Disneyland Paris: (from left) Pol Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow, Randy De Puniet, Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo spent the Wednesday before the Le Mans Grand Prix at Disneyland Paris with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, Power Electronics Aspar pair Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro, as well as Moto2 team Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro to enjoy a different kind of spectacle before the on-track work begins.
The magical experience got off to an adrenaline packed start on the Rock n’ Roller Coaster, before all riders headed to the “Motor, Action…! Stunt Show Spectacular”, to greet the stuntmen that amaze the crowds in the Walt Disney Studios Park day-in day-out. There they were treated to a different kind of petrol-powered fun, with Bradley Smith even being roped into steering a stunt car by remote control…albeit with a twist!
Following some more rollercoaster fun, such as the RC Racer in Toy Story Playland or the free-falling lift in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the riders, who are usually the celebrities, were greeted themselves by one of the most famous characters of recent history to celebrate the extension of the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. Donald Duck took some time out of his busy schedule to wish the riders all the best for the weekend and the championship, capping off an unforgettable day at the park.
Lorenzo commented on his experience: “It’s been really funny. We’ve been to the hotel where you go down in the lift very quickly, so it was very exciting – we were also on the rollercoaster. It’s my first time here in Disneyland Paris – I have always wanted to come, but haven’t had the occasion. I’ve enjoyed this morning a lot. The stunt show was also very impressive – especially the drivers in the cars. There were four or five cars doing impressive things very close to each other. It was fun and we learnt something – things you can do on a bike and also in a car.”