Best place to watch MotoGP this Sunday?

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by mhall, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. mhall

    mhall Guest

    My wonderful wife has bought my son and I tickets for Silverstone this
    weekend. Having never been there, what's the best place to watch the
    racing from? We have roving grandstand tickets so should be able to
    find a good space, I hope!
    Many thanks
    mhall, Jun 9, 2011
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    Hog. Guest

    The things a woman will do to get the family out of the way and arrange a
    Hog., Jun 9, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    The straight answer is "on the tv"

    I've not been there as a spectator but I reckon Brooklands or Woodcote
    would be a good spot for some extended knee-down viewing,
    Maggots/Becketts for left/right flip-flopping or somewhere on the
    infield for things getting wiggly.

    Failing that, I think the roving tickets give you access to the
    start/finish straight, so you could just watch from there.

    I'll be there to see qualifying on Saturday, so might have a better idea
    of where's good to watch from after that.
    ogden, Jun 9, 2011
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    Last time I went (quite a while ago), I was annoyed to find all of my
    favourite places now have hospitality suites built on top of them,
    blocking the view. Gits.
    Simon Wilson, Jun 9, 2011
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    Hog. Guest

    Does anyone think it's about fans?
    Hog., Jun 9, 2011
  6. mhall

    mhall Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions. I did think the start/finish straight
    would probably be acceptable but it would be good to see some knee-
    down viewing as well!

    Thanks again
    mhall, Jun 9, 2011
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    TW Guest

    I was there last w/e for the FIA GT meeting, and the new layout is
    pretty un-spectator-friendly, unless you're happy just finding your seat
    in a grandstand and watching from there. The limited access makes
    getting from one part of the circuit to another involve a lot of
    walking, and there's security guards and fencing everywhere.

    Anyway, the Becketts grandstand is supposed to be good for seeing a lot
    of the circuit as well as having some good action in front of you. I
    couldn't be arsed to walk all the way out there so ended up in the
    grandstand on the inside of the new complex (Village is it?) before the
    Wellington Straight which gives a good view of that section and some
    idea of what's going on elsewhere too.

    New Start/Finish area is pretty useless as you can really just see that
    one straight as the Wing building is in the way.

    Be interesting to know whether enough spectators bother with a 13-rider
    MotoGP field (or whatever it is) to give the place any atmosphere -
    Silvestone's really just too big and corporate now for anything other
    than the F1 GP.
    TW, Jun 9, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    I think it's quite a way back from the track though, there's a lot of
    runoff out there. That said, it's Silverstone, there's a lot of runoff
    everywhere so all the grandstands are pretty far back from the track.

    I've got seats in the Club grandstand for the F1, which should give a
    reasonable view down the new start/finish straight, into the pits, and
    up past Vale towards Stowe.

    Mind you, for the money it should give me a fucking good view of Alpha
    Centauri and Brooke Lee Adams too.

    And Donington's a bit of a shithole. Tough call.
    ogden, Jun 9, 2011
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    CT Guest


    Oh, it's a star...
    CT, Jun 9, 2011
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    Switters Guest

    One thing that suprised me about the Catalunya circuit is how close you
    can be to the action on some sections.
    Switters, Jun 9, 2011
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    CT Guest

    I've not been to Donington for a while now, but it was definitely
    headed towards pushing spectators back away from the action.

    I used to enjoy watching at Redgate, until the big hoardings went up
    that meant you had to stand way back on the slope behind, rather than
    up close and personal by the fence. At least you then got to see
    Holywood & the drop down Craner curves I guess.

    I still reckon Brands is the best "big" track for spectators,
    notwithstanding Foulston's meddling.
    CT, Jun 10, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    Spectators only get to see the bit that makes up the Indy circuit
    though. The rest of it's out in the forest with not much by way of
    viewing opportunities.
    ogden, Jun 10, 2011
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    CT Guest

    Oh sure, but I think that the fact that you can see all of the Indy
    circuit in the natural "bowl" more than makes up for the fact that the
    GP section is out in the Boondocks.

    It also means that that is where 90% of the spectators are, and so you
    can get a great atmosphere, as in when Niall MacKenzie went so well[1]
    at a WSB round back in the late 90s.[1] I've never known another race
    to have an atmosphere akin to a football match.

    [1] My Google mojo has failed me on the exact result.
    CT, Jun 10, 2011
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    Thomas Guest

    Glad to hear that. I met 3 Germans on the road to Plymouth who had an
    extra ticket. They tried to talk me into it. I
    _almost_ went for it.
    Thomas, Jun 10, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    I'm going, though only for qualifying tomorrow. And I'm going back for
    all three days of the F1.
    ogden, Jun 10, 2011
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    Switters Guest

    Eh? It rained a bit overnight, but both Sat and Sun I topped up my tan
    and didn't need my rain coat. Cracking atmosphere being sat next to the
    "official" ViƱales fan club.
    Switters, Jun 10, 2011
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    mhall Guest

    Thanks for all the comments and advice, chaps. I don't know whether to
    be disappointed that I'm going! Anyway, son and I will enjoy the
    experience, I'm sure, and it was nice of the missus to buy the tickets
    for us. Don't know how to tell her not to do so next time!

    mhall, Jun 10, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    Ignore the whinging, it's just the UKRM way. Get yourself a spot
    overlooking the grid and you'll enjoy just being that close to the

    One tip, take earplugs. Good ones. You have *no* idea just how loud the
    800cc bikes are.
    ogden, Jun 10, 2011
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    wessie Guest

    1997 3rd[0] to finish in race 1, DNF in race 2

    [0] Niall Mackenzie's finished third in race 1 only to be disqualified
    later for a fuel infringement. His supplier, Carless[1] Fuels, had
    accidentally provided him with petrol with an octane count marginally over
    the limit
    [1] missing a vowel it seems
    wessie, Jun 10, 2011
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    ogden Guest

    Well I'm in the Luffield stand now and the view's great, clear all
    the way from the entrance to Brooklands round to the exit of

    Knee-down a-plenty.
    ogden, Jun 11, 2011
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