Pole Position Club Travel & Hospitality Package, £1055 per person with extras
Time tested: Dutch TT weekend at Assen
What's good? We were part of a group of international race nuts who'd travelled to Assen, under our own steam, for what turned out to be some great racing. Our package included accommodation with breakfast and evening meal about 25 miles from the track (495 Euros per person for three nights) was basic but comfortable. Arriving on the Thursday before the Saturday race we enjoyed a welcome dinner with guest speakers including Cal Crutchlow’s dad Dek, who gave us an insight into life as a MotoGP dad and pit board wizard. It was also a chance to meet others in our group and be introduced to our efficient hosts from Pole Position, who were on hand all weekend. The accommodation price included a shuttle bus to and from the circuit so we didn't have to worry about getting ourselves to and from the track on both practice and race days, so we could leave our bikes secured at the accommodation. Once at the track the paddock passes included with a 595 Euro Pole Position Club ticket gave us access to the full MotoGP paddock, an experience every race fan would enjoy. It was fantastic to see inside this extraordinary world and watch the racing from unusual spots, including the roof of the pit garages. We also had free rein of a comfortable hospitality suite in the Moto 3 paddock, with unlimited refreshments throughout the day and an ample lunch. We opted to include an evening with the Gresini Honda team (295 Euros per person) which gave us a three-course evening meal with drinks in their MotoGP hospitality suite and also a full paddock tour, including a Gresini garage visit. It was great to become part of a MotoGP team, eating our meal alongside riders Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista, even if it was just for the evening.
What's not? There is no getting away from the fact that this package is not cheap, but it was a unique experience and a trip my husband Mark and I will remember for years to come. Pole Position offer lots of different options, starting from basic general admission tickets for around 50 EUR right through to a Platinum package at 2400 EUR, so you can pick one to suit you and your pocket. MCN readers can also get a five per cent discount until the end of 2014 by quoting MCN14X as a discount code.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5