Hi folks, I've got an ambition of seeing a few MotoGP races in Europe this year and while my lofty travel fantasies tend to dissipate as quickly as they come to me in the cold, hard light of financial and work commitments I thought I'd still ask for some advice anyway. I've done some preliminary checking online and it seems the ripe time to go would be during June/July when there's about seven consecutive races that take place in Europe, although at best I could probably only hope to see three or four. Plus the World Cup will be happening at the same time, and after South Africa, Europe would have to be the place to be! The races I've got to choose from are rounds 3. Jerez, 4. Le Mans, 5. Mugello, 6. Silvertone, 7. Assen, 8. Catalunya and 9. Sachsenring. I'm leaning towards 5, 6, 7 & 8 because then there'd be a round in both Italy and Spain and the fans there certainly look like they know how to have a good time based on what I've seen on TV. Although 6, 7, 8 & 9 gives me an extra 2 weeks before I'd have to set off which means another pay in the bank before I go, which would be handy. I went looking for tickets and I've been bewildered by the number of choices. In addition to being able to buy tickets to selected races from the www.motogp.com site, there's also stacks of resellers who either offer tickets to just one race or several races, and they're all in different countries so I'm a bit lost. There's also the matter of the best seating for European races. I've been to the GP at PI a couple of times, and I've just been content moseying around the paddock, but I've heard over there they get such big crowds that the best spots for GA are usually taken pretty early, so I'm considering grandstand tickets, too. I've never sat in a grandstand at a bike race and I'm a bit worried that just seeing them blast by on the straight every minute and forty seconds isn't going to be as exciting as being near some corners, and I'm also wondering if by not mingling with the greater mass of people I'll be missing out on what must be a fundamental pleasure of attending a European race: the atmosphere. So in short, my questions to anyone who has attended a European MotoGP race are: 1. Is there an especially "smart" way to get tickets? Should I go through the official site or a reseller or are they just all sharks? 2. Is it hard to get a good spot in the paddock? Is grand stand seating at all preferable to mixing it up in the crowd on the corners? 3. Are any of the rounds I mentioned above particularly known for just being heads-and-shoulders above the others for fun and antics on the day? I mean it always seems to rain in either Le Mans or Assen, which is a bummer, but on the other hand I'm sure I wouldn't want to miss being around insane Rossi fans going mental and setting off fireworks on the track at Mugello before the last riders have even pitted. 4. Does anyone know of any organisations for Aussie MotoGP fans similar to the Fanatics or the Green & Gold Army who help organise MotoGP tours for Aussies overseas? Obviously there's not nearly as many Aussie MotoGP fans as there are cricket or soccer fans, but I thought maybe there would be enough ex-pats over there that someone had started something small scale for Aussies who love bikes and want to tour Europe together. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this and if there are any other suggestions you'd care to make that I haven't thought of here would be great, too!