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Video: Paul Malin at Namur

Video: Paul Malin at Namur
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Former GP rider and current MXGP commentator Paul Malin visited the legendary Namur circuit and talks about his memories of the racing the event in 1990 and 1991 as a factory Kawasaki rider.

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Part 1 – MXGP of Belgium – Will post a few of these over the next few days as we get ready for Lommel. I know there is still a lot of love for this place though … here's my track preview / track walk of Namur, as it is now

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Part 2 – The Citadelle and the start area at Namur

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Part 3 – we actually jumped in to the woods and went about another 30-40 metres or so, then pulled a left and up on to the plateau behind where those kids are sat, but then next straight was a wall of noise with the fans to the left

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Part 4 – After the arch/bridge there has since been a new recreational development to the right, so a new road has been built. Back when we raced we crossed asphalt there briefly … when we dropped on to the dirt section in 1990 and before, fans could camp in this area. It was insane and added to the atmosphere

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Part 5 – since it is linked with Part 4 – The short, sharp climb was a nightmare when it rained. Fortunately it was dry both times I rode there

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Part 6 – After the short climb we went left. Today it is so overgrown, there was even a few homeless / forest people living in tents midway along the long straight. You forget how dark it is along there. My first visit in '90 I came around on Lap 2 Free Practice on Saturday to find @davidthorpe858689 @kurtnicoll Eric Geboers and the late, great Georges JobĂ© all parked! It was too dusty, and there would be no riding until it was sorted. Turns out we didn't do any more than those 2 laps that day, and the one place you need track time is Namur

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Part 7 – The end of the first high speed straight before the step-down. You can really see how overgrown it is along there now, with just a skinny cycle path to get from one end the other

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Part 8 – The step down – From the bottom it always looked less daunting or less scary than it did from the top. Again, the noise here was insane. Look at the jungle now though

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See Namur in it’s glory days and watch the 1991 500 GP, including a 19 year old Malin cheered on by patriotic British fans, here:

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