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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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Red face WOW Donnington and Assen - The Long Way There and Back!

We made it from North of Scotland to Donnington and Assen Moto GP's. That is my wife and I on our trusty BMW - the MV stayed safely at home, wisely.

Some points that stood out -

Donnington - It rained. Dry practice and qualifying were very exciting, obviously tyre choice and the variable weather had a huge impact. We viewed from a suite at Redgate, excelent company, super catering.
Race day was cold and very wet, It was amazing to see the guys going for it in those conditions. It was great to see Colin Edwards take the lead, and Casey Stoner subsequently reel him in. The later part of the race was a little quiet, Loris Caparossi woke us up with a bump when he went offline in front of us and chucked his Ducati on the grass.

We visited the Donnington collection, largely F1 cars but very interesting.

Then we travelled to Hull for our ferry to Holland, through what turned out to be the worst rain experienced in UK for 400 years - according to Tony Blair's Environment Agency. A journey scheduled for three hours took seven. We were continually diverted from our planned route by flood closed roads. On the M62 we cut through a 10 mile queue of stationary traffic to find all four lanes blocked by water for 300 metres. We had no option but to drive through - the BMW's cylender heads were submerged and the bow wave came over the windscreen. BUT SHE GOT US THROUGH. We encountered three more similar floods before we got to our ferry. Once the bike was secured we hung up our wet gear and enjoyed a drink at the bar!

On arrival in Holland it rained! We enjoyed a sometimes dry visit to Amsterdam, and wound our way in the dry to Groningen.

Assen - Practice and qualifying at Assen was off and on rain, but we didn't have far to travel and we had booked seats in the covered stand. Assen is an excelent circuit, good facilities, good screens, well organised parking. Yet again tyres dictated things for Moto GP qualifying with all the Bridgestones at the front - I have Bridgestones on the BMW, obviously a good choice in the wet...... However Cassey Stoner followed behind Loris in binning his Ducati in front of us.

My wife, Jenny, befriended the Ohlins mechanics from Suzuki and Ducati in our hotel bar. They were very generous to let us join their company, their gossip and inside lines on the action of the day was highly entertaining.

Raceday was sunny, and comparatively hot, ie Michelin conditions. With Rossi on P11 it was going to be good, but noone expected how good. Wow what a chase, and what a result.

After that the journey home should have been a quiet relief, but our ferry to Newcastle (DFDS) was cancelled adding 24 hours and 240 miles to the homeward journey as we were rerouted back through Hull. There were 120+ pi**ed off bikers parked up on the queue over night, but the camraderie was outstanding. Jenny did however enjoy an unscheduled shopping opportunity at the Delft pottery factory.

Final leg was a dry / wet run through Northern England and Scotland. With one hundred miles left to run, whilst sitting at a red traffic light near Edinburgh, we were punted off the bike by a medical sales person in her Audi A3. No injury, but her insurance company now has some work to do.....

Finally we arrived home, it was a great adventure with some lows but many more highs - can't wait to do it again......maybe Italy next year?

Some photos are in my album, here is a selection.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 07:45 AM
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Those are nice pics! Thx.

What a beast of a motorcycle!
It growls and rages and flies across the tarmac like a wild animal that has escaped the confinement of a cage and after merely waiting restlessly until the release, will not endure being locked up ever again.

Skye I miss you. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
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Lucky man...thanks for the pics and the write what did the crew from Duc and Suzi have to say ????
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