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Silverstone weekend ...
We had an amazing time at the weekend at round five of the 2010 Moto GP World Championship, with the Air Asia British Grand Prix returning to Silverstone.
The weekend was a big-5o birthday treat for JC, and for me!
I restricted taking photos, as I wanted to enjoy and lap up every minute.
Anyway, with my camera there really is no point in trying, when the bikes are doing speeds of over 200 mph!
Our team is Ducati Marlboro, and on race day Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner finished fourth and fifth respectively.
We had designated seats in Woodcote A, on the end of a row.
From here, there's a fantastic view of windy sections of track, the back end of Pits Straight, and the finish.
The rest of the time we were able to rove, so we watched practice and qualifying from other areas of the track.
The weather was mixed, Friday and Saturday was brass monkeys!
For the middle of June it was freezing, with a north-easterly ripping through the grandstand seats. I can't believe how sensible we were in taking spare warm clothes and a fleece!
Fortunately on Sunday it was warm with sunshine, and we could peel off for race day!
There were a few thrills and spills in practice and qualifying.
On race day, Melandri came off into the kitty litter pretty much in front of us. We blinked and missed it, but did get him walking back to the pits.
Valentino Rossi crashed out in the last round at a home race in Mugello, and is out with a shattered leg for who knows how long?
It was great to see so many get well wishes for him on this display board from his adoring fans.
The Blades were doing a display on Saturday albeit in a different colour. They are now blue, sponsored by Barclays Bank.
I took the photo above last year at our local Shoreham airshow close to our home, when they were sporting a more striking Ducati Red colour!
It was a shame to miss the parachute display by the Red Devils on Friday, but we did get to see the eardrum-bursting display by the Typhoon Eurofighter on Sunday, which I have to say was as jaw-dropping as ever.
Late afternoon we watched live music by groups in the Arena eZone, who were very good.
On Friday evening World Cup was being shown on the big screen. We stood bedraggled in the cold and rain to watch the whole 90 minutes of that very bad match England vs Algeria!
It really isn't worth doing a rewind on the football, but if you want to catch up with highlights from a day at Moto GP click here.
Rule Britannia, and Ducati!