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Crutchlow 'blown away' by Silverstone redevelopment

Cal Crutchlow visits Silverstone to get a glimpse of the brand-new pit and paddock complex.
Cal Crutchlow says he has been 'blown away' by the new state-of-the-art pit lane and paddock complex being built ahead of this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider will be Britain's only representative in the MotoGP class this season as he gears up for his debut in the premier motorcycling series.

The striking new structure, measuring 360 metres in length and 30 metres at its highest point, will provide a world-class facility for teams, officials and spectators alike, including 41 new garages, a race control building, a new podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones.

The second phase of a major redevelopment at the Northamptonshire venue – following on from last year's revised circuit layout -, the new pit and paddock complex will get its official opening on 17th May, less than a month before the MotoGP race on 10-12 June.

“It's a spectacular complex, very impressive,” said Crutchlow, who won both World Superbike races held there last year. “I'd seen artist's impressions, but I was blown away by the sheer size of the building. I've raced at most bike circuits around the world and very few, if any, offer facilities to rival these.

“It's amazing what they're doing here at Silverstone. They launched the new Grand Prix Circuit last year, which was awesome – very fast and technical, with plenty of opportunities to overtake – but I would say that having won both World Superbike races.

"Now they're launching the new Pit and Paddock complex in May, in time for my home MotoGP race on 12 June. It just can't come quickly enough; the atmosphere here will be incredible – I can't wait.”



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Cal Crutchlow surveys the new Silverstone pit and paddock complex
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Don-R

March 10, 2011 4:07 PM

I think a resurface is still included in longer term plans but after the complaints last year (and quite a few crashes) it might have been prudent to make it a priority? But like I say, the needs of F1 come first.



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