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Results and summary of the 250cc race at Donington:
Result of the 250cc qualifying practice at Donington:
Marco Simoncelli was the fastest of the 250 riders in the last of the morning's free practice sessions, beating early leader Hector Barbera towards the end of the session. Barbera headed 3rd place man Alvaro Bautista, who had a nasty crash down Craner Curves in the final minutes of the session, adding to the bruises he collected yesterday. Thomas Luthi rounds out the top four.
It's saturday morning here at Donington Park, and the sun is out. The skies are beautiful, big fluffy cumulonimbus tearing across the sky doing their best cotton wool impression, rather than dumping their contents all over the rolling Leicestershire countryside. The MotoGP bikes are out on track and doing their best to outdo the planes taking off from East Midlands airport in terms of deafening noise. So far, the bikes are winning, but only just.
Traffic is as chaotic as ever. The rolling hills may be beautiful, and the winding country lanes may be charming, but the traffic was already horrendous at 9am, so what it will be like tomorrow we can only imagine. At least large numbers of people are turning up on bikes, improving traffic flow considerably. The thought of the massed hordes of Formula One fans turning up in their cars doesn't bear thinking about. Spectators will be waiting to get in after the race has finished, probably.