It has been confirmed that the British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone
from 2010 after Dorna concluded a five-year deal with the Northamptonshire circuit.
A return to the venue, which held MotoGP
races between 1977 and 1986, the Silverstone
deal brings an end to a lengthy partnership with Donington
Park, one that has spanned more than twenty years.
The agreement with Silverstone
comes despite Donington
Park's ambitious plans to overhaul the circuit in readiness for the proposed 2010 Formula 1
British Grand Prix, which this week received the necessary planning permission to get underway.
Park had always stated their intentions to retain MotoGP
alongside Formula 1, but despite the upgrade in facilities and the layout changes, Silverstone
is likely to have offered a more attractive proposal in its bid to secure at least one major international event in 2010.
As such, the contract will keep MotoGP
from 2010 until 2015, as Crash.net
first reported back in February.
Hailing the circuit's facilities and heritage, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was delighted to be adding the globally recognised Silverstone
circuit to the MotoGP
calendar once again.
“We are delighted that the MotoGP
World Championship is returning to Silverstone
as of 2010. The venue has excellent facilities and a circuit with a great heritage, having hosted some superb Grand Prix racing in the 1970s and 1980s.
“We are sure that MotoGP´s visits to the UK will continue to be highly successful when we make the historic move back to Silverstone
Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips was also thrilled to be welcoming MotoGP
back to the reputed 'Home of British Motor Racing'.