Liuzzi to sample MotoGP bike 24 Oct 2006
Toro Rosso driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will make a temporary move from four wheels to two later this month when he swaps seats for a day with Suzuki MotoGP rider, John Hopkins. The exchange will take place in a one-off event at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
Liuzzi, a keen biker, is having a special set of overalls made for his MotoGP experience, which will see him try out Hopkins machine just two days after the Anglo-American rider uses it to compete in the final round of this years championship at the same circuit.
"I'm looking forward to this very much," said Liuzzi. "Especially as I was supposed to do it earlier, but John had had an accident and it was not possible. I had some preparation riding a 750 Suzuki round Silverstone and riding in Valencia should be very interesting as I will be able to compare my times to what the 'real' racers did on the Sunday before."
Hopkins is equally enthusiastic about the prospect of his maiden Toro Rosso test: "I'm really excited about this. It's the first time I've been given the chance to drive a F1 car properly and the team are telling me to give it a bit of throttle - which makes me excited but a bit nervous too!
I think it will be a really interesting day, with Liuzzi on the bike and me in the car, and our respective crews having to work with different guys using their machines. It's going to be an experience of a lifetime and I'm really grateful to Red Bull and Rizla Suzuki for making it happen. I'm really pumped up for it and can't wait for it to happen!"
The swap will take place at Valencia on Tuesday, October 31.