Silverstone in pole position to reclaim MotoGP?

The British MotoGP could return to Silverstone Circuit
The British MotoGP could return to Silverstone Circuit

This year’s British MotoGP could still be staged at Silverstone after Donington broke off its deal to host it.

Donington Park Racing Limited (DPRL) has announced it is ‘greatly disappointed’ to pull out of hosting the British MotoGP because the Circuit of Wales company has not met payment deadlines.

Circuit of Wales secured the race for the next five years but because its Ebbw Vale track will not be ready until next year, DPRL stepped in to bring the race back to Donington for the first time since 2009.

However, today’s website statement said payment delays mean it is too late to make arrangements for a ‘safe and successful’ race.

Managing director of Donington Park, Christopher Tate, said: “The whole Donington team who have worked so hard here over the past six months to fulfil our part of the MotoGP planning are as disappointed as those many fans who wanted to see the event return to Donington Park.

“The position we are now in is of course frustrating and uncomfortable for all concerned.

“CoW have made it clear to us that they are not now in a position to complete, so we have to withdraw and end the planned arrangement.”

Petrolheads who had bought Donington tickets for the race on August 30 will receive a full refund.