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GP Week : Issue 57
>>Moto GPFEATURE haven’t done enough with the circuit for access for traffic or anything. And with Laguna, Sachsenring and Donington all together, you get a bit sick of circuits with low gearing and high power. Silverstone’s a longer circuit, and was always alright in the past. BRADLEY SMITH – 125 GP rider On a 125, this place is awesome. Coming down the hill at Craner Curves is the most exciting and nerve-wracking corner of the year. CASEY STONER – MotoGP Rider I don’t mind leaving Donington Park. I’m disappointed that we’re still coming back to England next year! Don’t ask me what the problem is (with hostile fans). Maybe it’s because I beat Rossi here and they didn’t like that. But even when I’m riding on my scooter in the paddock people are jeering at me and giving me two fingers. They can shove it up their ass. I’m looking forward to going to Silverstone. KEVIN SCHWANTZ – former 500cc champion The first that comes to mind was knocking Ron Haslam down on the first lap here – he was on a factory Honda for his home GP. It felt really bad. But it’s always been a great track for me. I got my last GP win here in 1994. I had my first races outside Europe here too, with Rainey. I’m sorry about the move to Silverstone. MARCO MELANDRI – MotoGP rider In 2006 I almost beat Valentino (for second), but made a stupid mistake on the last corner. I was a long way ahead and he couldn’t have passed me, but his bike was very quiet and I thought he was going to attack … and I ran wide, and came third. STEVE PARRISH – former Racer, BBC TV Commentator My best memory was in 2005, when I drove a JCB digger for a BBC feature, knocking down the old pits. It’s the best fun I’ve ever had here, and I got my own back. This place has hurt me often enough. And the digger people were impressed with how I handled it, so it showed I could have an alternative career. And when I took Barry Sheene for a lap on the back when he had two broken legs. That’s the most famous I’ve ever been. But although it’s very tired and needs a revamp, I’ve always enjoyed it here. It’s a beautiful sight to watch the bikes down the hill through Craner Curves down to the Old Hairpin and MacLean’s … something you know you won’t get at Silverstone. I hope that Silverstone looks after the spectators. NICKY Hayden –MotoGP Rider Fourth on the grid and fourth in the race is the best I’ve had here, so nothing sticks in the mind. Seen a lotta rain here. What I do remember is the big accident under the bridge here (in 1993), when Doohan came down, and Schwantz and Barros. I’ve heard a few different versions on what the reason was. But riders are like that about crashes. DANI PEDROSA It will be a sad feeling, when we make the last lap. 9