Indeed, having lost F1 and with both MotoGP and the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) looking to be firmly ensconced at Donington, it was not so long ago that Silverstone was casting a rather forlorn shadow, with no meetings on its 2010 calendar of major international significance. Fast forward a year or so, and all of a sudden it has all three – the motorsport equivalent of the Holy Trinity. How things change.
“It is the full set now,” Parrish acknowledged. “It was always called the 'Home of British Motor Racing', and whilst I'm not sure if that was always the case, it certainly is now. MotoGP is here for five years, Formula 1 is back again and they picked up World Superbikes; it was really sad when it looked like we were going to end up with no World Superbikes race in the UK, considering it sort of started here.
“Obviously I've done car racing, truck racing and motorcycle racing, and I've been at the BRDC (British Racing Drivers' Club – Silverstone owners) when motor racing has been on, and they apparently get more car racing people come to watch motorcycle racing than they do vice-versa. The BRDC is predominantly a car club, but everyone is listening and they're very pro-active about what's happening here with motorcycle racing, because they all understand how exciting and interesting motorcycle racing is to watch.”