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Valencia 'riot'

Published: 02 November 2008

Just got back from Valencia GP and I won't be going back there again!

After going to various GPs, Valencia was the worst one for travelling to and from the track.

I couldn't fault the track - it was great for spectators but when it came to leaving after the race had finished it was like a free for all!

If you went to the race in a vehicle, you had to park a few mile down the road then be ferried there via bus which was no problem, but after the race we were all led into a "pen" like sheep and we followed each other until it came to get onto the buses. Then the riots started!

Everyone (there were around 500 people waiting) tried to get onto one bus at once, despite the fact there were around 10-15 buses waiting at the other end trying to get through the crowds.

The Spanish where hanging off the bus mirrors, scaling the fences and kicking at the bus doors because they couldn't wait patiently! There were 3 couples in our party, of course we got parted in the crowds but we knew we were all going to the same place so this didn't matter.

We were being crushed to the point that if we fell over we would get trampled on and maybe killed! My camera bag was hanging round my neck. This was squashed into my stomach and made me scream (I have bruises still to prove it).

When I finally got to the front to get on the bus I got pushed into the bus doors, one guy shoved his arm across my chest to get leverage so he could get on and then elbowed me straight in my chest!

My husand, behind me - someone fell onto his pinned knee and hurt him, when we finally got onto the bus and when I had stopped shaking and crying I got a call on my mobile to say that one guy with us had had his wallet nicked from his front jeans pocket!

He spent most of Monday morning at the police station trying to tell them that he'd had it nicked and needed a crime number but they of course didn't speak English!

Sorry to moan but I needed to be heard and hopefully the Spanish will improve their track hospitality so we wouldn't have to moan about it.

Is there anyone else who feels the same?