Bikes: Silverstone to host MotoGP

from 2010

 Silverstone  Circuits  Limited  has  announced  that,  following  the  signing  of  a  five  year agreement with Dorna Sports (the commercial rights holder for MotoGP), the world famous Northamptonshire circuit will host the British Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) from 2010. MotoGP is the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing and features the best riders and fastest race bikes  in  the  world.  Richard  Phillips,  Managing  Director  of  Silverstone  Circuits  Limited,  is thrilled to see top flight motorcycle racing back on the calendar at the Home of British Motor

Racing. Phillips  commented,  “Silverstone  is  the  UK’s  premier  motor  racing  venue  and  we  are thoroughly looking forward to hosting the world’s premier motorcycle racing event from 2010. We have worked closely with Dorna Sports to bring MotoGP to Silverstone and both parties are extremely excited about the opportunity to take this world-class event to another level.

“Silverstone is a unique UK race circuit; rich in heritage and unrivalled in terms of what we are able to offer fans, championships and teams. The Grand Prix circuit offers a combination of high speed straights and technical corners, presenting a real challenge to the riders, while the facilities for teams and spectators are second to none.

“The circuit is also recognised as being one of the most easily accessible in the world. All of these  factors,  along  with  Silverstone’s  vast  experience  of  hosting  world  class  international events, contributed to MotoGP coming to Silverstone.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, commented, “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 next year.”

Silverstone  officials  have  been  working  closely  with  the  FIM  whose  representatives  have visited the circuit on several occasions. 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. Having  hosted  the  FIM  Road  Racing  World  Championship  (MotoGP)  between  1977  and 1986,  and  rounds  of  the  World  Superbike  Championship  until  2007,  Silverstone  is  no stranger  to  staging  international  two-wheeled  events. 

Few  who  saw  it  will  ever  forget  the classic  battle  between  Barry  Sheene  and  Kenny  Roberts  at  Silverstone  in  1979.  The Northamptonshire  venue  has  also  been  a  regular  host  of  rounds  of  the  British  Superbike Championship.