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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:18 am

It has been confirmed that the British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone from 2010 after Dorna concluded a five-year deal with the Northamptonshire circuit.

A return to the venue, which held MotoGP races between 1977 and 1986, the Silverstone deal brings an end to a lengthy partnership with Donington Park, one that has spanned more than twenty years.

The agreement with Silverstone comes despite Donington Park's ambitious plans to overhaul the circuit in readiness for the proposed 2010 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, which this week received the necessary planning permission to get underway.


Indeed, Donington Park had always stated their intentions to retain MotoGP alongside Formula 1, but despite the upgrade in facilities and the layout changes, Silverstone is likely to have offered a more attractive proposal in its bid to secure at least one major international event in 2010.

As such, the contract will keep MotoGP at Silverstone from 2010 until 2015, as Crash.net first reported back in February.

Hailing the circuit's facilities and heritage, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was delighted to be adding the globally recognised Silverstone circuit to the MotoGP calendar once again.

“We are delighted that the MotoGP World Championship is returning to Silverstone as of 2010. The venue has excellent facilities and a circuit with a great heritage, having hosted some superb Grand Prix racing in the 1970s and 1980s.

“We are sure that MotoGP´s visits to the UK will continue to be highly successful when we make the historic move back to Silverstone next year.”

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips was also thrilled to be welcoming MotoGP back to the reputed ‘Home of British Motor Racing'.

“Silverstone is the UK´s premier motor racing venue and we are thoroughly looking forward to hosting the world´s premier motorcycle racing event from 2010. We have worked closely with Dorna Sports to bring MotoGP to Silverstone and both parties are extremely excited about the opportunity to take this world-class event to another level.

“Silverstone is a unique UK race circuit; rich in heritage and unrivalled in terms of what we are able to offer fans, championships and teams. The Grand Prix circuit offers a combination of high speed straights and technical corners, presenting a real challenge to the riders, while the facilities for teams and spectators are second to none.”

Despite its fairly short tenure on the MotoGP calendar, Silverstone is well remembered for hosting the classic 1979 battle between Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene.

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Post by tammerz on Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:55 pm

Silverstone to host MotoGP in UK from 2010
Monday, 12 January 2009

Silverstone Circuits Limited has signed a five year agreement with Dorna Sports, the commercial and television rights holder for MotoGP, which will see the Northamptonshire circuit host the British Grand Prix from 2010.


Having hosted MotoGP between 1977 and 1986, Silverstone is no stranger to the top flight of two-wheeled sport, and the classic battle of 1979 between Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene is one which sticks in many an older fan´s memory.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, is thrilled to see top flight motorcycle racing back on the calendar at the Home of British Motor Racing.

Phillips commented, `Silverstone is the UK´s premier motor racing venue and we are thoroughly looking forward to hosting the world´s premier motorcycle racing event from 2010. We have worked closely with Dorna Sports to bring MotoGP to Silverstone and both parties are extremely excited about the opportunity to take this world-class event to another level.´

`Silverstone is a unique UK race circuit; rich in heritage and unrivalled in terms of what we are able to offer fans, championships and teams. The Grand Prix circuit offers a combination of high speed straights and technical corners, presenting a real challenge to the riders, while the facilities for teams and spectators are second to none.´

`The circuit is also recognised as being one of the most easily accessible in the world. All of these factors, along with Silverstone´s vast experience of hosting world class international events, contributed to MotoGP coming to Silverstone.´

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta stated: `We are delighted that the MotoGP World Championship is returning to Silverstone as of 2010. The venue has excellent facilities and a circuit with a great heritage, having hosted some superb Grand Prix racing in the 1970s and 1980s. We are sure that MotoGP´s visits to the UK will continue to be highly successful when we make the historic move back to Silverstone next year.´


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Post by tammerz on Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:26 am

Casey Stoner backs British MotoGP move
By Matthew Birt

MotoGP

16 January 2009 09:36


Former world champion Casey Stoner has backed the surprise decision to switch the British MotoGP race from Donington Park to Silverstone for 2010.

Dorna announced a five-year deal with the Northamptonshire circuit on Monday amid rumours Silverstone had doubled the fee paid by Donington Park to win the rights to stage Britain’s biggest bike race.

Factory Ducati rider Stoner believes the switch will be a big success, and he will be one of only a few riders to have previous race experience of the circuit, which has hosted British and World Superbike races.

Chris Vermuelen, James Toseland and Colin Edwards have all raced there in WSB and Stoner reckons the circuit’s plans will benefit MotoGP.

As a member of the MotoGP Safety Commission, Stoner got chance to cast his eye over Silverstone’s redevelopment plans at the Shanghai GP in China last season.
“Until we ride there it’s hard to make an opinion. Who knows until we get out there? It could be great or it could be terrible, you just can’t be sure until you get out on the track.

But it is a big home of motorsport and when I raced British championship I really, really enjoyed that track. There were a couple of corners I don’t think will be in the GP plan, which is kind of disappointing. They were unbelievable and a heck of a lot of fun.”

Stoner said the only shame was that Silverstone’s revamp included plans to scrap some of his favourite corners.
“The last one that comes under the bridge before the final complex where it’s left, left and then a long, long right. There’s a right that goes downhill under a bridge through there was a heck of a lot of fun. It comes over a rise, goes down under the bridge and turns right. That was a very good passing place, because people always have to bring it back and it’s always easy to get out underneath somebody there and there was some brilliant racing through there. But I think that corner is gone because they refuse to move the bridge and the bridge is not within the safety restrictions.”

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