Silverstone MotoGP plans go up in smoke

Cal Crutchlow will not be returning to Silverstone next year
Cal Crutchlow will not be returning to Silverstone next year

Silverstone may have hosted its last British MotoGP after failing to reach an agreement to stage next year’s race.

It was announced on August 13 that the circuit’s five-year licence will not be extended but because the race’s new home in Wales will not be ready until 2016, Silverstone hoped to have one last event in 2015.

But having failed to strike a deal, the British MotoGP will now take place at Donington in Derby ahead of arriving at the soon-to-be-built £315 million Circuit of Wales race track from 2016.

Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: “We are extremely disappointed not to be hosting the event in 2015.

“We wanted to keep MotoGP at Silverstone, but cannot afford to subsidise it. 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.

“Silverstone has taken the event to a whole new level over the last five years, so we hope this won’t turn out to be a backwards step for the British Grand Prix, teams and fans.

“The Circuit of Wales evidently believe they can make the finances work using Donington next year – we wish them the best of luck.”