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Silverstone set for MotoGP changes.

At least two changes to the existing Silverstone layout are expected to be made for the circuit's MotoGP debut in 2010.

Having lost the British F1 grand prix to Donington Park from 2010, Silverstone responded by snatching the British MotoGP round - but, like Donington, Silverstone now needs to be modified to accommodate its new 'headline' event.

The most obvious feature in need of a MotoGP redesign at Silverstone is the end-of-lap chicane used by WSBK and BSB in recent seasons. The fiddly chicane, on a piece of asphalt to the inside of the F1 circuit, was imposed on the two-wheeled classes to avoid a fast final turn with almost no run off, but MotoGP will expect a better solution.

The other area of likely modification is more controversial: The barriers through the sweeping Bridge corner, leading into the final complex, are expected to be deemed too close to the racetrack.

Unless the bridge can be moved or modified, which seems unlikely, then one of the most challenging corners on the track could well be lost.

"Silverstone officials have been working closely with the FIM whose representatives have visited the circuit on several occasions," Silverstone confirmed. "Alterations will be made to the circuit layout in order to comply with FIM regulations, while improvements to several spectator viewing areas are also planned. Full details of all track and venue changes will be announced in due course."

Silverstone last hosted grand prix road racing between 1977 and 1986. World championship motorcycling then returned in the form of WSBK between 2002 and 2007.

WSBK initially raced on the full F1 circuit, before switching to the shorter International circuit - which cuts out many of the track's most famous sections - to increase the number of race laps and therefore the amount of times spectators saw the bikes.

Silverstone have confirmed to that they will announce their plans for the circuit later this month.

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Kimey - Unregistered

January 20, 2009 10:57 PM

For those of you who think that you will not see anything, don't stay around the start area but journey out to Club corner, from there you can easily see over half the circuit. That is assuming they use the proper circuit. Anyon else remember all those 80,125,250 and 350 races with all the points scorers in one huge slipstreaming group? (yes there did use to be more than 3 classes) - we used to have world championship sidecars on the same day too. There is more to a GP than one big race. Is it just me or do all the races at Donington get strung out and and end up deing very processional, with maybe a few groups of a couple of riders?

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