Silverstone Circuit loses major race as bikes rev into town

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As thousands of bikes prepare to roar into the region ahead of the county’s biggest motorcycle festival, Silverstone Circuit loses a major international race.

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling will see the high street turned into a motorcycle performance arena on Sunday, from 10am, to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

But Silverstone may have seen its last Moto GP after Wednesday’s announcement that its five-year licence will not be extended.

The race will instead be staged at the soon-to-be-built £315 million Circuit of Wales race track from 2016.

The plan is for the Ebbw Vale circuit to take the race for four years, with the option to extend the contract until 2024.

The venue for 2015 is yet to be agreed and its managing director Richard Phillips is not ruling out striking a deal with Dorna, Moto GP’s commercial rights holder

He said: “Silverstone remains the ideal venue to stage Moto GP. Last year’s record crowds are testament to the excellent British Grand Prix experience provided by Silverstone.

“We have expressed our desire to keep Moto GP at Silverstone, but the event is not sustainable at the fee level Dorna was proposing.

“Any future deal had to make economic sense and sadly we reached an impasse.”

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling supports Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, but this year’s event – which will include a paddock, custom shows and stalls – will also support Brackley Food Bank and The Bike Experience.

Tickets are £5 and the performances begin at 10am.