Local rider Chaz Davies has expressed his full support for the newly-announced deal to take the MotoGP World Championship to a new Circuit of Wales racing facility.
It was confirmed this week that Dorna has agreed a five-year deal to take MotoGP to the proposed Circuit of Wales in the Ebbw Vale region, though the venue is yet-to-be-built and is only likely to be ready to host the Grand Prix of Britain in 2016.
Despite this, Davies is proud of those behind the plans to forge ahead despite opposition and is expecting the circuit itself to be an exciting addition to the calendar.
"It's going to have some character because nothing's flat in that area,” he told the BBC
. "As a rider, that's exciting. Being a Welshman and living not too far from the Ebbw Vale area, it's pretty exciting for me because it will be a true home race.
"Every rider wants that in their career; I've raced at Donington, Silverstone, but to have a true home race less than 40 minutes down the road would be ideal."
Following a mixed response from fans, Davies later took to his Facebook
page to urge people to get behind the project.
“Hats off to the Circuit of Wales team for pushing on despite the nay-sayers and the adversity they've come up against.
“The project is well and truly going forward and if the UK wants a World class facility and training ground for future talent then it'd be good start if the bashers shut up and got behind the project!”
Davies is currently sixth in the World Superbike Championship standings with Ducati.
Having hosted two rounds of the WSBK series until recently, Donington Park is now the sole British WSBK venue.