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Dorna not concerned if F1 stays at Silverstone F1.

Dorna claims it would not be concerned if Silverstone hosted the British MotoGP and F1 events next season.

Having apparently lost the F1 grand prix to Donington Park from 2010, Silverstone helped engineer a switch in the other direction for MotoGP - making it Silverstone's new headline event.

However, with Donington a long way from finishing the extensive track and infrastructure modifications needed for F1, it would be far from surprising if F1 stayed at Silverstone next season - when the first MotoGP event at the Northamptonshire track since 1986 will be held on a modified version of the present F1 circuit.

When asked about the possibility of Silverstone hosting both F1 and MotoGP next year, Dorna managing director Javier Alonso insisted he had 'no concerns' about such a scenario.

The only venues both MotoGP and F1 currently race at are Sepang (Malaysia) and the Circuit de Catalunya (Spain), but Alonso stated that the decision to leave Donington for Silverstone had not been made simply to avoid 'sharing' with F1.

“We started talking about [Silverstone] nearly three years ago,” he revealed. “We've been going to Donington for 23 years now, and we believed we had to make a change.

“We've been growing MotoGP at Donington for the last five, six or seven years and we believed this was the right time for a change.”

Dorna now wants MotoGP to stay at Silverstone for the foreseeable future.

“We like long contracts. We have a five-year deal at the moment, but we really like to be at places for long periods of time,” said Alonso. “It helps to grow the sport in the country.”

Silverstone previously hosted the British motorcycle grand prix round from 1977 to 1986.



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Claudio Domenicalli - Unregistered

August 07, 2009 10:54 AM

Why did they ever change? F1 cars were made for silverstone, the track is perfect for the fast cornering speeds that f1 cars can do. Likewise Donington was a great circuit for MotoGP with a fast-flowing first section followed by the car-park end section. Bernie and Dorna should listen to the riders/drivers and fans. Every F1 driver loved silverstone, in the same way that most MotoGP riders loved Donington. So why change?

wheatcroftjnr - Unregistered

August 07, 2009 10:00 AM

F1 will be back at Silverstone. of that I have no doubt. Mr Gillet doesn't have the skill to supply the business required... a kart track maybe... perhaps with some mini-motos. Has any one seen the plan for houses down where the craner curve hospitality suites are right now? £3M for a 10 year lease! maybe in cloud cuckoo land! the whole business plan is made from sand. At best Donington is a parochial, club circuit... and a very good one. At worst it's a joker in Bernie's hand...



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