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Silverstone ‘extremely disappointed’ to lose 2015 MotoGP

“We hope this won't turn out to be a backwards step for the British MotoGP”
Having lost the British MotoGP contract to the Circuit of Wales, Silverstone has now been overlooked as a stand-in venue for next season's round.

With the ambitious new Welsh project not ready to host the 2015 event, a single-year extension at Silverstone was widely predicted. Instead the Circuit of Wales has reached an agreement with Donington Park, which held the British MotoGP from 1987-2009.

Reacting to the news, Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: “We have invested heavily in the circuit and facilities here at Silverstone, specifically to host MotoGP, and have developed the British Grand Prix into a highly successful event. We wanted to keep MotoGP at Silverstone, but cannot afford to subsidise it. We are extremely disappointed not to be hosting the event in 2015.

“Any future deal, with Dorna or The Circuit of Wales, had to make economic sense for all parties, including us. We know from experience what it takes to run a high quality British Grand Prix. We made what we considered to be the maximum sensible offer to retain the event at Silverstone, but it seems that The Circuit of Wales, who have no experience of running a Grand Prix, have concluded they can do better running it themselves, using Donington until their circuit is ready.

“Silverstone has taken the event to a whole new level over the last five years, so we hope this won't turn out to be a backwards step for the British Grand Prix, teams and fans. The Circuit of Wales evidently believe they can make the finances work using Donington next year - we wish them the best of luck.”


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SuperSic

September 02, 2014 6:40 PM
Last Edited 2 days ago

What Silverstone are basically saying is we want to continue charging rip off prices and MotoGP wanted us to lower them. "So we're going to slag off donington and COW and hope that people believe we are the better racetrack for motorcycles despite the track being horribly flat, with massively wide tracks that don't make for close racing, and with terrible viewing for spectators. Oh and we were planning on charging you an arm and a leg for it"

Yearby23

September 02, 2014 6:57 PM

As I just posted on the Donington thread, you can go to Assen for the weekend with travel included for the price it costs to go to Silverstone for the weekend... I know where I'd rather go.



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