Moto2 rider Sam Lowes has given his full backing to the Circuit of Wales project, saying it is a unique opportunity to build 'something special' for riders and fans alike.

A public inquiry is currently ongoing with Blaenau Gwent council about the project, which will discuss plans to de-register common land located within the planned Circuit of Wales site in Ebbw Vale.

The Circuit of Wales has secured a five-year contract - with an additional five-year option - to hold the British MotoGP round. The inquiry is expected to decide whether the project will be given the green light by local councillors.

"I'd like to see one with heart and character which is different from the rest," Lowes said. "The most exciting thing for me is Circuit of Wales have got an opportunity to build a brand new GP track. The people involved can build something special. That is what Britain needs to bring back the love to the fans. If the fans can go there and feel that, as well as us riders, then British racing will take off again."

Silverstone will host the next two years of the British MotoGP before the planned switch to Circuit of Wales in 2017. This came after the deal with Donington Park fell through, with track officials stating a breakdown in financial securities forced them to pull out of the deal.

Lowes is gearing up for the 2015 Moto2 season with Italian team Speed Up Racing and is the only British rider in this year's MotoGP feeder series.

He says he enjoys racing at both Donington Park and Silverstone, but feels the Silverstone track lacks a special atmosphere which the Derby track can create.

"I've got no problem with going back to Silverstone, I love it there, it's a great track," Lowes said. "It's a solid GP track, typical and quite flat. All the corners are good and it's good to race on. It isn't a special track like Phillip Island but it is solid and I love racing there in front of British fans."

The Lincolnshire rider also feels the Donington track would have provided an extra edge for the British riders in the MotoGP paddock.

"I'm a little bit biased for Donington Park because I live up that way, it is a fantastic track with lots of character," Lowes explained. "For the GP riders and Europeans it's better to be at Silverstone but for British riders, we would have done better at Donington because of the nature of the track.

"Perhaps some people think it is a bit sketchy, not as much run-off and a bit more old school. A ballsy track. That is what I mean about Silverstone, it is solid and I'm happy it is there but it is a normal GP track, Donington is not. It is different."



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