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Donington lands 2015 British MotoGP

Donington Park will stage the British MotoGP for the first time in six years in 2015. The Leicestershire track, which held the event between 1987 and 2009, will hold it for one year as a stop-gap before it moves to the yet-to-be-built Circuit of Wales.

Silverstone, which has hosted the event for the past five years, had hoped to retain it for another year but failed to agree terms with the Circuit of Wales. Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips is unhappy with the decision to hand the race to Donington Park.

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.”

The Circuit of Wales, which is to be built in Blaenau Gwent at a cost of £315m, has a five-year contract with MotoGP.

But construction has been delayed by issues over common land and calls for the Welsh and UK governments to commit up to £50m towards the scheme.

 

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