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Riders escape numerous Donington crashes unhurt

Riders escape numerous Donington crashes unhurt

The wet conditions at last weekend's Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix led to 109 crashes at the Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire as riders in all three categories found the going difficult over three rain-soaked English summer days.

The wet conditions at last weekend's Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix led to 109 crashes at the Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire as riders in all three categories found the going difficult over three rain-soaked English summer days.

Remarkably, despite the numbers of crashes - nearly three times more than at any other round of the World Championship so far in 2007 - not a single serious injury was recorded, with all the crashing riders fully expected to report for duty at the next round of the season this weekend.

With only four days between the race at Donington on Sunday and the first day of practice and qualification sessions for the A-Style TT Assen on Thursday, even a small injury requiring treatment could have been costly in terms of World Championship points.

But courtesy of the high safety standards of modern MotoGP circuit homologation, coupled with the effectiveness of the riders' protective clothing and equipment, only the damaged pride of sliding through the English mud – experienced by the likes of Nicky Hayden, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi amongst many others – was inflicted on those who toppled from their powerful racing machines.

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MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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