June

Dutch MotoGP: Fausto Gresini fears Marco Melandri exit

Dutch MotoGP: Fausto Gresini fears Marco Melandri exit

Honda team boss Fausto Gresini has expressed concerns star rider Marco Melandri will quit to land a factory ride in the 2008 MotoGP world championship. With just one podium in 2007 in a rain-lashed...

Nicky and Shinya at Day of Champions

Nicky and Shinya at Day of Champions

This is Nicky Hayden and Shinya Nakano signing autographs for fans in pitlane at the Day of Champions at Donington Park.

Me and Kurtis Roberts

Me and Kurtis Roberts

This is me and Kurtis Roberts at the Day of Champions. He was doing a guided bus tour of the track and was such a lovely guy.

Dutch MotoGP: Kenny Roberts Junior plays down retirement rumours

Dutch MotoGP: Kenny Roberts Junior plays down retirement rumours

Team Roberts has played down speculation that Kenny Roberts Junior has raced in his last MotoGP world championship clash.  The American stayed at home in California while younger brother Kurtis...

Rainy, pricey Donington

Just dropping you a line to tell you about our experiances at the MotoGP in Donington this weekend. Me & the Mrs (Dawn) and six other mates stayed in Loughborough and did the whole Friday to Monday thing. Qualifying was great, and hearing the 800s for the first time was ear splittingly good! I really wanted to pass on my thanks to Donington Park for making me walk half the circuit to get to...

In defence of Donington

This year's British GP was my sixth year on the bounce and for anyone who's complaining about how long it took you to get out, I can assure you that this year was the best organised and showed much improvement from previous years. As for the toilet facilities... what do you expect when there's been thousands of people from thursday to saturday using them? I camped Friday to Sunday, got muddy...

Donington GP

Donington's a cracking circuit, but it's let down badly by its stone-age facilities. The ticket situation was a farce. Despite being promised that the tickets had been sent out recorded delivery and taking two half days off work to catch the postie, I was then told: 'sorry - the tickets weren't in the post, collect them at the circuit'. Who's going to reimburse me for the postage I paid for and...

Donington

Like many readers I am bemused as to how Donnington retains the MotoGP. Entry fee was exhorbitant, facilities non-existant, refreshments rubbish and expensive. It felt on Sunday what I imagined the Somme was like in World War One. Sell it to Jonathan Palmer and let's have some money spent on those hardy souls called fans.

Meeting the greats

Meeting the greats

This is me at Donington greeting two of the greats of the sport. I did actually manage 15 photos in all of Dani Pedrosa, Bradley Smith, John Hopkins, Shinya Nakano, Carlos Checa, Phil Read, to...

MotoGP: Anthony West explains why he shines in the rain

MotoGP: Anthony West explains why he shines in the rain

Anthony West was one of the sensations of the British MotoGP at Donington Park, running as high as fifth before sliding off the track and ending what looked like a strong podium chance in his Kawasaki...

Show some respect

I just want to say to the idots out there that booed Casey, I hope you feel guilty. On Thursday when he was on stage for the auction he got booed, but thankfully Julian Ryder sorted out the booers and told them off. And on Sunday on the warm-down lap there were more disrespectful people booing him. All I can say is 'why'? Is it because he's leading the championship? Sore Rossi fans or...

What's everyone's problem?

I can't understand how people are complaining about Donington. This was my first year going and it was fine. Yes it took time to get to the car park, but when you're going though a one-lane village that isn't built to accommodate this amount of traffic, this is expected! As for people complaining about the mud... I'm sorry but rain cannot be helped; after all we are in Britain and do expect rain.

Great race, rubbish facilities

Attended the GP for the second year with my family and the racing was brilliant! Well done to Bradley and all the Brits and all the winners! The losers however were those of us that had to endure Donington's appalling lack of investement in facilities like decent toilets. How they expect families with children to endure the crap (literally) provison of basic facilities is scandalous. Donington...

Donington: what a mess

Having promised to take my son to Donington for five years I finally get round to it, and what a mess it is. Takes us 1.5 hours to get into the car park, get to the entrance and go to pay and they want 8% extra to pay by credit card. When we finally get in, what a mess. Mud everywhere and hardly anywhere to sit, why is the MotoGP still held here every year? There must be a least two other...

A ray of sunshine on a damp day!

A ray of sunshine on a damp day!

OK, so he didn't make the podium this year, but he brightened up a wet day for the tens of thousands of his fans who watched Valentino take fourth place at Donington. www.alanmckeeman.com

Lucky for some?

Lucky for some?

I brought my daughter 'Ci' to the British MotoGP at Donington as a treat for her 18th birthday in the hope she might get to meet one of the stars. She got more than she bargained for; lucky or what?...

Donington better than ever

What a great weekend. Top entertainment - JT's Crash and Oasis tribute band Wonderwall. Respect to all the riders, still nailing it in the rain. Donington's race weekend just keeps getting better.

Super Donington

Just been to Donington Park for this year's MotoGP and have to say as usual, me and my missus thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the terrible weather again. It does make you appreciate, even more so however, the sheer talent these guys have from the front of the grid to the back. Disappointingly Rossi did not pull it off this weekend but I understand he did have trouble with poor tyres. That said...

Day of Champions

On the Thursday we were queuing to get through to the paddock when we were told by a spectator we needed to get our hand stamped first. So we started to trek back up looking for someone with a stamp, or someone official to ask. We came across an official with a stamp who we asked "do you stamp our hands". He replied "no, keep on going they're all waiting". So we walked some more only to find no...

Donington GP pics

Donington GP pics

Here's some pictures from the British GP: Texas Tornado out in front; Need a lift?; Nicky Hayden waiting to be lapped; Disappointment as naughty fans invade the track, depite being warned not to.

Nicky and Dani

Nicky and Dani

Photos of Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa making my 12-year-old son Cameron's dreams come after meeting them both at this weekend's Donington MotoGP. They very kindly signed his jacket,...

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi puts British MotoGP loss behind him

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi puts British MotoGP loss behind him

He may have finished a distant fourth at the British MotoGP yesterday, but Valentino Rossi is getting on with life taking in the first day's action at Wimbledon today (Monday).   The...

Sort out facilities, Donington

The racing at Donington was excellent, as usual. However, directions for camping and parking were usless. Camping facilities were diabolical for the amount of people present. 2006 facilities were better and knowing how bad the weather was going to be I feel a bit more effort could have been made to avoid the mud surrounding the showers and toilets. It seems they waited until the mud was...

GP idiots

After the stupid track invasion at Donington on Sunday after the MotoGP, is it only a matter of time until a spectator or rider gets killed? Bike racing could really suffer, with tracks closed down or racing stopped altogether until measures are put in place to stop any invasions taking place. It only takes one accident and a politician who wants to make his mark somewhere and hey presto, we lose...

Donington GP gripes

For me the Donington GP has had its day. £60 on the gate to sit on muddy grass, drink the same over-priced coffee, queue for the bogs, listen to the same commentators plugging over-priced British Superbike merchandise, while watching races with very little homegrown talent (except for Dan and Bradley). To the organisers... You can't just hope that it won't rain and then things will be OK.

Bradley's babes

Bradley's babes

A couple of pics of my six-year-old son Mark Bradley from Hull while at the Donington GP, with the Tissot and Rizla babes!

Brit GP qualifying shots

Brit GP qualifying shots

A few pics from Saturday's qualifying session.

That's entertainment?

I had to pay £10 per night for entertainment at the British GP to watch groups I have not heard of (exept JT's Crash), toilets filled to the brim with crap, showers that do not work and over-priced drink and food. Great racing, though.

Donington crash shots

Donington crash shots

These images were taken at Donington MotoGP during the weekend. Most of the pictures were taken from the Old Hairpin on Sunday, although a couple were taken at the Esses on Friday.

Knee down at Donington

Knee down at Donington

My Son Daniel and his Cousin Dale - burning Donington Park up 'Hair Bare Stylie'. Taken in good weather on Saturday afternoon.

British GP: Post race reaction: Bradley Smith

British GP: Post race reaction: Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith survived three crashes in practice including a particularly vicious highside at Coppice to finish seventh in Sunday’s GP125 race at Donington. The 16-year-old Brit is now equal seventh...

British GP: Post race reaction: Chris Vermeulen

British GP: Post race reaction: Chris Vermeulen

After winning in the wet at Le Mans many weren’t surprised to see Chris Vermeulen on the podium at Donington this weekend. The Aussie set a stunning pace in the closing stages of the race, closing...

British GP: Post race reaction: Colin Edwards

British GP: Post race reaction: Colin Edwards

Colin Edwards scored his best result of the season at the British GP this weekend. The Texan Tornado not only took pole, he lead for a good portion of the race before being caught and overtaken by...

British GP: Post race reaction: Casey Stoner

British GP: Post race reaction: Casey Stoner

Australian Casey Stoner racked up his fifth victory of the year at Donington Park today pulling 26 points clear of Valentino Rossi in the title hunt. The 21-year-old Ducati rider rode faultlessly in...

British GP: Q&A: Dan Linfoot

British GP: Q&A: Dan Linfoot

Dan Linfoot finished ninth in the appalling wet conditions of the Donington GP250 race in his debut on the Team Sicilia Aprilia. It was the 18-year-old’s first race of the season and his only...

British GP: Bradley Smith gets seventh; Mattia Pasini clinches first win of ‘07

British GP: Bradley Smith gets seventh; Mattia Pasini clinches first win of ‘07

A battered and bruised Bradley Smith fought his way to a heroic seventh position in the 125 race at the British GP after suffering a mammoth get-off in qualifying on Saturday. The 15-year-old...