Donington Moto GP

24th June 2008
I went up to Donington park on Saturday for the qualifiying session of the Moto GP, as usual the weather turned nasty for this weekend which is becoming the norm for the event.

Heavy rain forecast for Saturday had me thinking the hoards of fans would be a lot less, giving me a better chance of moving around to different spots.

I arrived early and managed to pick up a ticket for 20 quid saving me 7 quid, as usual, once an event starts to get popular the prices start going up, 27 pound for qualifying and 65 pound for race day which is a joke.

Quite pleased I saved myself 7 quid I entered the circuit and headed for my first spot, the Foggy Esses, luckly it was still pretty empty. I had about an hour to wait before the first bikes came out and the weather wasn't too bad with light drizzle.

In that hour the rain started to pour down and the place started to fill with race fans, by the time the 125s came out the whole viewing area at the Foggy Esses was packed so I was glad I arrived early to get my spot.

The 125 Championship has 3 British riders competing in it which is great news for the future.

17 year old Bradley Smith was tipped to do really well this year but a few crashes in the last couple of rounds have put a big dent in his chances....



17 year old Danny Webb, which somehow I managed to miss getting a picture of! And last and not least, 15 year old Scott Redding.
This is Reddings first year in the 125GPs and already the kid is showing what a superb talent he is, Donington was only his 8th GP start and he went and won it.. ;-)

It's been something like 30 years since we've had a british rider win on home soil and the kid never even had home track advantage, he'd only ever done 3 laps around Donington park before this weekend, which makes his win even more incredible.



By the time the Moto GP bikes came out I was soaked through and getting the chance to move to other spots for photography looked very slim, the crowds had swelled to huge amounts by now so I grabbed a few shots at the Foggy Esses before I moved around looking for another spot I could squeeze into.

The Americans......

John Hopkins



Nicky Hayden......





Colin Edwards......





Ben Spies..... The American AMA Superbike champion was replacing the injured Loris Capirossi.





The Aussies......

Chris Vermeulen......



Anthong West.....



Reining World Champion Casey Stoner......



Stoners team mate Marco Melandri is having a torrid time on board the Ducati and it showed on Saturday, he looked terrified of the thing.





British rider James Toesland had 3 crashes on Saturday and then crashed on the first corner in the race, trying too hard if you ask me and he put a lot of pressure on himself to do well at his home GP.



Valentino Rossi looked superb as usual.





Rossi's team mate Jorge Lorenzo looked back to his old self after a number of huge crashes in previous rounds had knocked the stuffing out of him.





Dani Pedrosa was showing good form and looks to be Rossi's biggest threat for the title this year.



I only managed to get images from 2 spots in the first session and after walking around the circuit looking for some different areas I realised I was wasting my time so I left early, must get myself a media pass one day....

Here's the last of the Moto GP riders.

Alex De Angelis......





Toni Elias......



Sylvain Guintoli......



Shinya Nakano......



Andrea Dovizioso......



Last one Randy De Puniet......