Among those sad to see Donington Park drop of the MotoGP calendar for 2010 are Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

Pedrosa won the 2006 British Grand Prix, during his first season in the premier-class, and also took a 250cc victory at the circuit in 2004.

"I've had some good results at Donington so I'm confident we can have a strong weekend," said this year's US GP winner. "It'll be sad to see the back of Donington because the track itself is very good to ride and one I like. I hope I can sign off there with a good result."

Dovizioso, who arrives at round nine on the back of three consecutive DNFs, also has two previous Donington victories, in 2004 (125) and 2007 (250).

"Unfortunately this year will be the last time that we race at Donington Park and it's a pity because the circuit is fascinating to ride," said the Italian, fifth on his Donington MotoGP debut last season. "I like it, in particular the first section which is very fast, and of course the Craner Curves which plunge down hill and take your breath away every time your ride them.

"Last year I had a good race at Donington and I have always liked this track. We arrive this time after two difficult races where I had the pace to fight with the leaders but for different reasons, we didn't get the results. But our motivation is high and everybody in the team is working hard. Honda is working hard too and we've had machine updates recently which are moving us in the right direction."

The British MotoGP round will switch to Silverstone from 2010.