LEICESTERSHIRE, England – Donington Park has been selected by the Circuit of Wales and Dorna Sports as the venue for the 2015 MotoGP British Grand Prix.
The Circuit of Wales is scheduled to host the British Motorcycle Grand Prix until 2024 after agreeing to a five-year contract with the option for further five year extension with the Championship’s commercial rights holders. However, it has been decided that MotoGP would return Donington Park next year before moving to the new Circuit of Wales in 2016.
“After announcing the long-term MotoGP agreement between Dorna and the Circuit of Wales three weeks ago our priority has been to agree the venue for 2015,” said Chris Herring of the Circuit of Wales. “It is in the interests of everyone, especially the fans, to make a decision as soon as possible and in Donington Park we have a venue that shares our vision for growing MotoGP in the UK.”
“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,” Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said. “Donington Park has a long history and has been the scene of some of the most exciting MotoGP races in recent years and we are sure that the extensive works undertaken since it reopened four years ago will guarantee a successful event.”
The British Grand Prix was held at the Silverstone Circuit this year and track officials wanted to bring MotoGP back again next year, but they could not agree on a deal.
“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,” said Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited. “Any future deal, with Dorna or The Circuit of Wales, had to make economic sense for all parties, including us. We know from experience what it takes to run a high quality British Grand Prix. We made what we considered to be the maximum sensible offer to retain the event at Silverstone, but it seems that The Circuit of Wales, who have no experience of running a Grand Prix, have concluded they can do better running it themselves, using Donington until their circuit is ready.
“Silverstone has taken the event to a whole new level over the last five years, so we hope this won’t turn out to be a backwards step for the British Grand Prix, teams and fans. The Circuit of Wales evidently believe they can make the finances work using Donington next year – we wish them the best of luck,” said Phillips.