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Donington Park to host British MotoGP race in 2015

The UK’s Donington Park motor racing circuit (pictured above during Round 5 of the Superbike FIM World Championship) will stage the British MotoGP for the first time in six years when the race returns to the track in 2015.

The Leicestershire track will hold it for one year before it moves to the new Circuit of Wales.

Circuit of Wales consultant, Chris Herring, said:

In Donington Park, we have a venue that shares our vision for growing MotoGP in the UK.

Dorna CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, added:

The Circuit of Wales has worked very quickly to secure the best deal for the British race fans and we believe Donington Park will deliver a fantastic race in 2015.

Donington has a long history and has been the scene of some of the most exciting MotoGP races in recent years.

We are sure the extensive works undertaken since it reopened four years ago will guarantee a successful event.

Donington Park staged the British MotoGP between 1987 and 2009.

However, Silverstone’s Managing Director, Richard Phillips, is unhappy with the decision to hand the race to Donington Park after failing to agree terms on a deal for 2015. The Northamptonshire circuit, which has staged Formula 1’s British Grand Prix for the past 27 years, was partly redesigned to attract bike racing.

Phillips said:

We have invested heavily in the circuit and facilities here at Silverstone, specifically to host MotoGP, and have developed the British Grand Prix into a highly successful event.

We wanted to keep MotoGP at Silverstone, but cannot afford to subsidise it. We are extremely disappointed not to be hosting the event in 2015.

Construction has been delayed on the Circuit of Wales – which is to be built in Blaenau Gwent at a cost of £315m and has a five-year contract with MotoGP – due to issues over common land and calls for the Welsh and UK governments to commit up to £50m towards the scheme.

 

Source: BBC Sport & National Sport Press