awesome! thx for the info all. the first race i went to was the ama's at vir and that was a great experience....way different than what is seen on tv and i got to see a guy crash in front of my area unfortunately. i can't wait for the GP tho been a fan for years.i've been there for the past 2 years. just make sure you get there plenty early, i'm talking ARRIVE there before 7am. DOnington just spent over 5 million pounds to upgrade the surrounding Leicestershire roads to accomodate the traffic better. THe best spots to watch are on the infield just inside the back chicane, where you can see them all the way down dunlop straight, so great passing into the esses (where there are plenty of crashes, too) then you get to see them come flying into goddards and out onto the front straightaway. There's some wooden stairs right there heading up toward the front straight, go up those and onto the little hill on your right. Great view AND you can turn around and see the come up through Schwantz curve and through McLeans curve. MAke sure you go to the back hill during the 250's race to see the speed those little buggers carry through craner curve. It's a lot steeper than it looks on tv. You can obtain paddock passes for the day of champions (thursday before the race), but even if you don't, you'll be allowed into the pit to meet whichever riders decide to come out and see their people. I've met Shakey, Edwards, Hayden, Capirossi, Pitt, Checa, Melandri, and loads of others. The only ones that didn't come out were Max, Vale, and Sete...BOTH years. Plus, you get to stand within touching distance of the bikes while they are prepped and started up. Bring earplugs. Even to the race. Nothing will prepare you for how loud these things are. They're insanely awesome. Oh, and bring a good digital camera so you can share your experience!Aside from the traffic, you'll have a great time that you'll never forget.