Silverstone reaches agreement with Circuit of Wales to host MotoGP in 2015 and 2016

Action from the MotoGP at Silverstone, June 2012. Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso ENGEMN00120120619140252
Action from the MotoGP at Silverstone, June 2012. Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso ENGEMN00120120619140252

The MotoGP is set to stay at Silverstone Circuit for the next two years after an agreement was reached with Circuit of Wales.

Donington Park announced yesterday that it had pulled out of a deal with the Circuit of Wales to host the race in 2015 after claiming the Welsh company had “not met agreed payment deadlines”.

However, Circuit of Wales denied the claims and has now entered into an agreement with Silverstone for MotoGP to be held at the Northamptonshire venue in 2015 and 2016

The Circuit of Wales has a five-year contract to host the MotoGP and is hoping to finish construction of a track in Ebbw Vale by 2017.

The 2015 MotoGP will take place at Silverstone over the weekend of August 28 to 30.

Patrick Allen, managing director of Silverstone said: “A lot of work has been done over recent years to ensure MotoGP™ fans enjoy what Silverstone has to offer and it was devastating for the venue to lose the event last autumn.

“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with both Dorna and the Circuit of Wales recently so that we could try and find a way to keep MotoGP™ in the UK and racing at Silverstone.

“Two wheel racing is as much a part of Silverstone’s heritage as four wheel racing and I am obviously delighted to be in a position to announce we are hosting both the F1™ and MotoGP™ Grands Prix in 2015.”

Michael Carrick, chief executive of Circuit of Wales thanked Silverstone for the “rapid response” needed to support the 2015 event.

He said: “We are delighted to secure the future of the event for the next two years while our circuit in Wales is under construction. Today’s announcement ensures we will have the 2015 MotoGP™ event in the UK.”

“We continue to advance our development activity on the Circuit of Wales and are focused on the upcoming public inquiry into the deregistration of the common land. We expect construction to commence once this inquiry has concluded.”