As many had feared, and some had hoped, the 2005 edition of the British Grand Prix looks almost certain to be a wet event after a large band of rain moved into the midlands overnight and began falling by the early hours of the morning.

Although today's three races will start later than usual - to avoid a clash with the German Formula One Grand Prix - the rain isn't expected to clear anytime soon, although there may well be patches of dryer weather between the showers.

Nevertheless, it would be a near miracle if the Donington Park circuit was to dry out fully in time for the 15.30 MotoGP start.

But while the news is bad for the trackside fans, today's race could be one of the most unpredictable of the season - with the likes of Bridgestone riders John Hopkins, Kenny Roberts Jr, Carlos Checa and Loris Capirossi - plus a whole host of other 'possibles' - in with a real chance of challenging proven wet weather frontrunners Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros, Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri.

Meanwhile, home heroes Shane Byrne and James Ellison will also have been given a boost - and will be aiming to exploit all their local knowledge around a circuit traditionally considered one of the most slippy due to fuel dropped from aircraft arriving at the nearby East Midlands airport.



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