Memory Lane, Part 4: An English Summer At Donington Park, The Final Instalment

After two previous chapters, we come to an end of Scott Jones' beautiful photos from Donington Park. Despite the rain, it was a fantastic weekend, which threw up a fair number of surprises. Tragically, and as a result of gross incompetence, Donington Park has been vandalized in a desperate and ultimately failed attempt to attract Formula 1, and now the track is all but unusable. Next year, we go to Silverstone, and with your help, Scott and I will be there to try and capture the moment in words and pictures.


Unlike his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo's luck ran out at the British Grand Prix


Waiting


Donington Park still provides a stunning setting for motorcycle racing


And the rolling, sweeping corners just add to its glory


The Red Bull Rookies provided some of the best racing of the year


Summer in England


Bradley Smith is really getting too big for a 125


Hector Faubel's Honda RS250RW illustrates motorcycle racing's biggest problem: empty spaces where sponsorship should be


If it wasn't for wonderful people like these, there would be no motorcycle racing


Rain, the worst recession in 60 years, and still British bike fans flock to Donington


The Ducati riders gambled on rain tires for Sunday's race...


... but the dry track trashed both the tires and their hopes


The longest walk


Toni Elias led the early part of the race ...


... Until he ran out of grip ...


... Produced a shower of sparks ...


... And slid into the grass


Some people still have the nerve to complain about the noise from the circuit


An attractive alternative for a brake light


Nine times world champion

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