Bruised and battered, the MotoGP circus packs up, albeit gingerly, and heads across the pond to merry ole’ England for the GAS British Grand Prix. It’s held at the historic Donnigton Park and is a favourite of the riders and this includes Rossi himself who almost considers it his home GP. There is a VERY GOOD chance of piss poor weather so the teams have packed extra snorkels and canoes. The first half of the circuit is fast and flowing and includes the awesome and feared Craner Curves. This is situated in an almost natural amphitheatre and is very popular with the drunken British fans. Rioting and looting is expected and almost encouraged! The fast and flowing sections of the track that are then followed by the Fogarty Esses (BOOO!!) and Melbourne Hairpin sections that many people claim was simply an after though added on to meet the required length for a MotoGP circuit. Either way, Donnigton Park is now regarded as a modern classic and is one race not to be missed. A balanced set up needed to handle both fastish corners as well as hard braking sections and many teams battle for grip due to the funny track surface. Some myths claim a layer of jet fuel deposited from the nearby airport is the cause for this (cue twilight zone music). An idea of some sort of wet weather set up is almost a must as well. There is also set to be a ding-dong battle between Yamaha and Honda (probably Nicky Hayden). Edwards is very strong here and Rossi has been unstoppable as well. Injuries to Rossi (and most of the grid!) will slow him down to only superhuman levels while the Texan will be super pissed at his choke at Assen. Revenge will be the dish of the day. And to all those that claim he can’t ride, I suggest you revisit a certain SBK race from Imola in 2002… Meanwhile the Kentucky Kid finally broke the US hoodoo and won at Assen. (Well actually he chose to lose it less than Colin Edwards did). The Hondas are starting to look very fast and appear to be using there tires less than the Bridgestone shod teams. Ducati was absent from Assen in most regards due to injuries, but a massive effort was put in by Loris C. to start breathing again and even make the grid. Melandri was in the same situation. Well I suppose I had better get this over with. I here by offer an official apology to the Rizla Suzuki GP Team. I retract my statements regarding bright blue coloured smurfs, pieces of junk and exploding hand grenades. I make this formal apology in the hope GSXR1000 riders stop pulling horn monos and smoking me every where I ride. My sincerest thanks go out to you for all your attention. Shudder… Kawasaki as well as Suzuki were also a shining light at Assen and providing Bridgestone can come to the party race day, the could run well due to injuries to some of the other top factory pilots. Shinya Nakano is a class rider and the grid tends to forget him. While the championship is still very much alive, Nicky Hayden can almost put it to bed over the next month with a strong showing in Donnigton, Sachsenring and Laguna Seca. I hope Rossi pulls out something special as we can have a fight to the finish this year. I am going to pour myself 17 pints of warm ale, grab a curry and chips (urgh!), and kick back and watch some sore and sorry pilots fly around one of the best modern tracks MotoGP has to offer.