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PostSubject: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:03 pm

1st time since 1986 that gp motobikes will be at silverstone. really looking forward to the weekend, try and get some autographs on the pit walkabout friday am and i have my new lense to try out across the weekend.

Should be lots of Sad from many people wearing yellow Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:10 pm

Should be good, i am leaving here on the Thursday morning boat Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:28 am

I'm going too, can't wait. This is one date in the year I just refuse to miss.

Will be strange and slightly sad to be at Silverstone instead of Donington but will no doubt be a great event.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:24 am

I will be watching wth interest as I do with every MotoGP race. I predict that the bikes will suit Silverstone, the new section will be good for them.

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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:25 pm

I'm not sure if it'll suit bikes or not. I'm a fan of circuits which have flowing corners AND gradients for bikes - like Brands Hatch and Donington do. There is some good footage of the motorbike GP at Silverstone in the early 80s. I know the layout has changed alot since then but it gives some idea of what to expect from what'll probably be one of the fastest circuits on the calendar.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:18 pm

that new section was designed for bikes. With a lot of input from riders.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:28 pm

I think i will be going upto the new section on friday, see what it looks like, open grandstands on friday and saturday Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:30 am

Should be a good day despite the obvious absence.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:41 am

I think once again the Moto2 race will be where all the action is at. I don't think it will be a good race for the Moto GP but I hope am proved wrong.

I hope everyone going has a good weekend and lets hope for a Stoner win and a Lorenzo retirement.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:48 pm

Have a great time those of you who are going, will have to catch up with the races sometime next week.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:34 pm

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I hope everyone going has a good weekend and lets hope for a Stoner win and a Lorenzo retirement.

ten thumbsup thumbsup I'd take that

If i get to see him on the pitwalk about which is the aim i will plead with him not to go to Honda
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:38 am

stoner dosen't have a chance. It'll be Lorenzo, Pedrosa or A.N.Other from Dovi, Hayden and Spies.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:25 am

I caught up with the afternoon practice just now, the track has a lot of overtaking places for the bikes - even in the first sector they can overtake and the new section is ideal for some out-braking.

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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:51 am

Watched the highlights after I got in from Croft yesterday. Some great racing all round. Although We knew Lorenzo would storm away, The battle for 2nd place was great and I feel really sorry for Hayden. 4th again

Moto2 race was mental once again Laughing Great racing and very clean racing at that. Could do with a few Brits at the front of that.

125 race was also very good, which isn't said that often these days. Mega save by Espargaro on the last lap, and good on Smith for getting on the podium.

Assen this SATURDAY, cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:10 am

Just got back, nackered. Was up in Arena B, was bloody freezing Friday and Saturday Laughing Good spot though, more overtaking in that section than what i first thought there would be. Ignoring Lorenzo, i thought it was a good race. Really wanted to see De Puniet and Hayden on the podium, so was gutted when Spies went passed Hayden. Bautista put in a good performance too, was definately not the slowest out there, but i think the shoulder injury sent him backwards on the last 4 or 5 laps

Think i'll be sticking to Spanish GP's though, much better atmosphere (Was all very polite in Arena B, clapping rather than cheering and going nuts when riders passed each for the lead)

Had Paddock passes for sunday aswell (Cheers Rizla Wink), great to see how a GP paddock works (A bit different from the TT paddock Laughing )
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:02 am

Plenty of racing I though, especially in the arena section. The crowd looked a bit small on TV, not sure if that was the case in person - but there were loads of empty stands. Perhaps some bike fans want Donington back?

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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:17 pm

It was a good day's racing. As said above, the MotoGP was a one-horse race as Lorenzo cleared off into the distance. He's going to be very tough to beat at any race if he rides like that.

The Moto2 and 125 races were fantastic, so entertaining. In truth, all bike racers are nuts so it's unsurprising when you get good racing! It was good to see Scott Redding and Bradley Smith put in solid performances in their respective races.

We sat at Club, between two grandstands which weren't full. I think there's a bit of a difference between MotoGP fans and F1 fans - the former would rather take GA tickets and not pay more whereas the latter seem more prepared to take grandstand tickets. The stands on the exit of Stowe were almost completely empty(there were probably less than 20 people in them). But in terms of GA tickets Silverstone was pretty full up, it's just that the grandstands were empty.

I had a walk round the circuit while the 125 warm up was on in the morning(ie before the MotoGP race). I walked from Club, up to Stowe and then crossed the bridge on the Hangar Straight(I've never been across that bridge before despite going for almost 25 years!). I was surprised to be walking through a Helicopter park before getting to the Arena section. This section looks good and seemed to be the centre of alot of action for the bikes. Not sure if it'll be good for the F1 - I reckon Brooklands will be better. I then walked up to and across the bridge on the Club straight - this was when I noticed the amount of room behind the grandstands - it's tailor-made for F1 stands and will be much better than on the outskirts of Woodcote.

I then walked back across the bridge at Bridge and then back to Club. The only disappointing bit this year was that they've removed alot of the spectator viewing on the outside of club(on the run up to Abbey). In short, they've got a bigger run-off area there so they've taken the mound away that was a top GA viewing area. I assume this will become a grandstand for next year when the pits moves there. There is now a new viewing area on the Vale in front of the grandstands(where the old track could be seen). Silverstone is in a bit of a transition this year so bear with it - next year will be superb for the F1. This year will be merely good.

All in all, a top day though.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:02 pm

bike fans go to the bike gp, where some go to f1 for reasons other than cars.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:29 am

Cerca Trova wrote:
bike fans go to the bike gp, where some go to f1 for reasons other than cars.
Possibly the most random comment I've seen on this forum?!
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:37 am

No I think I get the jist of what Cerca is saying, and I would agree with him tbh. The number of people at the big bike events who haven't got a clue what is going on is far less than those at the big motorsport events, and that is me speaking from experience having been to the F1 GP, WSB @ Brands for 4 years and the LM 24 Hours.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:53 am

I would agree with cerca, purely based on the popularity of the respective series in Britain.

Moto GP has a large and committed following amongst motor bike and racing fans in Britain, but not much else. F1 has committed and die-hard fans, but the more general public attend and watch the races. For example, some people who are not that interested in racing, that know I'm car crazy ask me about F1. Critically, they sometimes watch F1 and know about it - ask them what 'Le Mans' is or 'Moto GP' and they would probably be stumped. Its perhaps that casual customer who attends the British F1 race.

As Sean Miller said a while back, for a lot of people, F1 is motorsport.


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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:51 am

I don't doubt that - I just didn't get the purpose of Cerca's comment. It's almost like he's telling us something we already know.

MotoGP is definitely more of a specialist sport to watch than F1 in the country. I'd quite like to go to Lords, Wimbeldon or Twickenham despite not really following any of those sports - I'd imagine alot of cricket, tennis or rugby fans would like to go to the F1 GP but not anywhere near as many would want to go to the MotoGP.

But I would say the popularity of MotoGP in this country is growing. It just needs a British rider to get more casual fans more interested.
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PostSubject: Re: Motogp Silverstone   Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:01 pm

don't look to deeply at what i post, you won't find anything.
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