It’s back! MotoGP racing returns to Silverstone

Racer Cal Crutchlow at Silverstone Circuit
Racer Cal Crutchlow at Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone Circuit WILL stage the British MotoGP for the next two years after a deal was struck to rescue the race.

Silverstone chiefs have reached an agreement for Silverstone to host the race in 2015 and 2016 while the Circuit of Wales’ Ebbw Vale track is being built.

It comes after Donington pulled out of hosting this year’s event because Circuit of Wales has not met payment deadlines.

Silverstone will therefore bring MotoGP back to Northants to host the race for the sixth and seventh straight years before it is staged at its new home in Wales from 2017.

Patrick Allen, managing director of Silverstone, said: “Two wheel racing is as much a part of Silverstone’s heritage as four wheel racing and I am obviously delighted to be in a position to announce we are hosting both the F1 and MotoGP Grands Prix in 2015.

“A lot of work has been done over recent years to ensure MotoGP fans enjoy what Silverstone has to offer and it was devastating for the venue to lose the event last autumn.

“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with both Dorna and the Circuit of Wales recently so that we could try and find a way to keep MotoGP in the UK and racing at Silverstone.”

He thanked Renault Sport for agreeing to move its World Series event to September 5 to make way for the return of the British MotoGP.

It will take place over the weekend of August 28-30.

Michael Carrick, chief executive of Circuit of Wales said: “We are delighted to secure the future of the event for the next two years while our circuit in Wales is under construction.”