On the eve of the AirAsia British Grand Prix, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta praised a 'stunning' Silverstone Circuit as the Northamptonshire venue officially opened its gates to Britain's round of the MotoGP World Championship.

"We are delighted to be here at Silverstone", commented Ezpeleta. "The sun is shining and the whole venue looks stunning. We are very impressed with all the work they have done and are looking forward to a fantastic weekend's racing on the new circuit. The British fans are some of the most knowledgeable in the world and we expect a great atmosphere."

"We've had a fantastic response to MotoGP coming to Silverstone," added Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited. "Advance ticket sales have been excellent, but anyone still wanting to come can turn up on the day and purchase tickets on the gate. There is space in the grandstands, so we have made arrangements for fans who have already purchased their tickets to upgrade on site.

"This is the first motorcycle racing event to take place on the new circuit and it should deliver some spectacular racing. We've had a great crowd here today for Riders For Health's 'Day of Champions' and, with 50,000 tickets already sold in advance, we're expecting strong crowds over the next three days.

"A huge amount of work has gone into delivering this event and we can't wait for it to start tomorrow."

The last time a grand prix bike raced at Silverstone was in 1986.

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