Race boss backs Silverstone switch

The man behind MotoGP has backed the move to take the British race to Silverstone from 2010.

The man behind MotoGP has backed the move to take the British race to Silverstone from 2010.

The British circuit will host the race for five years from 2010 after agreeing a deal with rights holders Dorna Sports.

Following Donington Park’s capture of the British Formula One race from 2010 the British MotoGP round will now move from the Leicestershire venue to Northamptonshire.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said: “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.”

As part of the switch from Formula One to MotoGP several changes will need to be made at the Northamptonshire circuit which hosted motorcycle GPs in the 1970s when the late Barry Sheene was in his heyday.

Ezpeleta is confident Silverstone can recapture the atmosphere generated by Sheene’s world championship successes in 1976 and 1977, particularly with the likes of British riders Bradley Smith and Scott Redding among the riders expected to do well in the 125cc class this year.

Ezpeleta said: “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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