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.