Just one day after the final British MotoGP round at Donington Park, Silverstone has pledged to offer fans a 'better experience at affordable prices' for the 2010 event.

The Northamptonshire circuit is investing more than ?5 million in a new, super fast bike circuit, with work on a new section of track and significant improvements to spectator viewing facilities being carried out between November 2009 and March 2010.

According to Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips the fans' "experience is everything" and Silverstone is dedicated to developing a three day festival of motor sport, packed with on and off track entertainment for the legions of fans expected at the UK's most prestigious bike racing event of the year.

Modifications to the track will make Silverstone one of the fastest circuits on the MotoGP calendar, with the new layout increasing the length of the circuit to 5.6km.

The riders will now turn right at 'Abbey', joining the new section of track, which includes the 'Arena' complex and promises multiple overtaking opportunities. The circuit then links up with the 'National Straight' before re-joining the Grand Prix circuit at 'Brooklands'.

The other significant track change is the removal of the much-maligned chicane at 'Woodcote'. With grandstands being moved to accommodate an increased run off area, the riders will now be able to power through 'Woodcote' and attack 'Pits Straight' at full speed.

"We cannot wait to see MotoGP back at Silverstone", said Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited. "The series is returning to the Home of British Motor Racing for the first time since 1986 and it's going to be a fantastic occasion for everyone involved - riders, teams and, most importantly, the fans.

"Silverstone is the UK's premier motor sport venue and we are continuing to develop it into a world class facility for two and four wheeled racing. A further ?7 million is being invested before March of next year - more than ?5 million of which is being spent on improving the viewing experience for fans, and developing the circuit for MotoGP.

"We'll have an exciting new circuit; new spectator areas, getting fans closer to the action; and a spectacular line-up of off-track entertainment, including interactive experiences, bike displays and concerts.

"We have an incredible team here at Silverstone, with unrivalled experience of organising world class events, and we'll be putting on a real show for the fans next year. We are confident of delivering a memorable MotoGP experience, at more affordable prices."

Silverstone is making a number of improvements to its spectator viewing areas. In addition to constructing a number of elevated viewing banks, existing grandstands and fence lines are also being moved to bring fans closer to the on-track action.

Plans for off-track entertainment are being developed to ensure there is plenty to see and do, for fans of all ages, from morning to night. Live concerts, bike displays, air displays, interactive experiences, manufacturer test rides, entertainment zones, autograph sessions and competitions to win paddock and pit lane walkabouts are all planned over the three days.

The combination of hassle-free access to and from the circuit, free parking in hard standing car parks, dedicated bike parks, excellent spectator facilities, giant TV screens, a wide choice of viewing locations and ticket options, plus two options for official Silverstone campsites ('lively' or 'family') will also add to the fans' MotoGP experience at Silverstone.

Tickets for Silverstone's round of the 2010 MotoGP Championship are also set to be cheaper than the 2009 race at Donington Park, with prices starting at just ?12 (adult 'Early Bird' tickets for Practice on Friday).

Race day tickets range from ?44 for an adult 'Early Bird' General Admission ticket (?55 after the 'Early Bird' offer) to ?84 for an adult 'Early Bird' covered grandstand ticket in a premium viewing location (?105 after the 'Early Bird' offer).

Race day tickets for children are available from as little as ?12 (?15 after the 'Early Bird' offer). Single day tickets are available for Practice on Friday, Qualifying on Saturday and the big race on Sunday.

Three Day tickets are also available for next year's round of MotoGP at Silverstone, with prices starting at ?48 for a Three Day adult 'Early Bird' General Admission ticket (?60 post the 'Early Bird' offer) - just ?3 more than a race day ticket.

Three Day adult 'Early Bird' covered grandstand tickets, in premium viewing locations, are priced at ?108 (?135 post the 'Early Bird' offer). Three Day 'Early Bird' tickets for children are available from ?16 (?20 after the 'Early Bird' offer).


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