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GP Week : Issue 57
>>Moto GPFEATURE history As MotoGP left Donington Park for the last time, MICHAEL SCOTT reminisced with many who have contributed to its history After 23 years at the same circuit, the air at Donington Park crackled with memories. GPWeek’s MotoGP department has many, stretching back to the Trans-Atlantic Easter Match Races, even before Schwantz and Rainey clashed for the first time outside the USA, unforgettably heralding a new Golden Age of 500cc GP racing. Back to when Kenny Roberts (Senior, of course) raced there; and when Fast Freddie Spencer broke his ankle on the all-new V4 Honda, spoiling his GP season, and ending the participation of top GP riders in non-GP events. There was the time Rainey had to follow Cadalora to the latter’s first 500-class win: the American had double vision after a practice thump, and couldn’t see where he was going. There was Rossi’s first premier class win: walking on water to defeat Roberts Junior and Jeremy McWilliams in a spellbinding contest. And the time Ralf Waldmann came from 90 seconds behind to win the 2000 250 race by inches, when rain hit halfway through. And many more. We canvassed paddock opinion at the British GP for other nuggets – and not only from the riders. This is what we found: 7