MotoGP heads back to Donington Park for 2015

MotoGP heads back to Donington Park for 2015The British round of the 2015 MotoGP world championship will be staged at Donington Park.

The announcement came after the Circuit of Wales, which last month secured a long-term contract with MotoGP organisers Dorna to stage the race from 2015, struck a deal with Donington Park management.

As the Welsh circuit is not yet constructed, organisers were required to secure a deal with another British venue for 2015.

Donington will stage the Grand Prix for the first time since 2009, with Silverstone, the host from 2010 until last weekend, losing one of its biggest events.

“After announcing the long-term MotoGP agreement between Dorna and the Circuit of Wales three weeks ago our priority has been to agree the venue for 2015,” said Chris Herring of the Circuit of Wales.

“It is in the interests of everyone, especially the fans, to make a decision as soon as possible and in Donington Park we have a venue that shares our vision for growing MotoGP in the UK.”

A terse statement from Silverstone chief executive Richard Phillips said: “We have invested heavily in the circuit and facilities here at Silverstone, specifically to host MotoGP, and have developed the British Grand Prix into a highly successful event. We wanted to keep MotoGP at Silverstone, but cannot afford to subsidise it. We are extremely disappointed not to be hosting the event in 2015."

Phillips added: "We made what we considered to be the maximum sensible offer to retain the event at Silverstone, but it seems that The Circuit of Wales, who have no experience of running a Grand Prix, have concluded they can do better running it themselves, using Donington until their circuit is ready."

No date has been confirmed for the Donington event in 2015.