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Jul 18, 2013

World Superbike Riders Try Their Hands At Painting, In Russia

eni FIM Superbike World Championship: Riders (from left) Leon Camier, Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea, Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz.
Tradition, art and charity mixed together at Moscow Raceway

Moscow (Russia), Thursday 18 July 2013 - Today's Pre-event for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship Russian Round was a mix of national folklore and art skills. Following an amazing performance by three dancers who pirouetted across the Paddock Show stage in traditional dresses, World Superbike and Supersport riders were involved into an unusual master class of painting.

Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), joined by Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha duo of Sam Lowes and Vladimir Leonov and Rivamoto Honda's Eduard Blokhin took on the "colourful" challenge.

Armed with brushes and paints, riders put their hands on ceramic plates and personalised them with a theme of their choice, using the traditional Russian handicraft "Zhostovo" technique.

These unique items will be put up for auction and the funds raised will help homeless children of the Moscow region, who have also been invited by circuit organisers for a special visit to the track, scheduled for tomorrow morning.

A real hand-decorated "Zhostovo" art piece, in store for the best performer in the event, went to Eduard Blokhin, whose plate was exquisitely painted by his little daughter.

Further information about the auction will be available at www.worldsbk.ru and on WSBK social media.