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Silverstone to host British MotoGP


The 2018 British Motorcycle Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone on August 26th, ending months of speculation as to whether the UK’s most prestigious bike race would stay at the Northamptonshire circuit or return to Donington Park in Leicestershire.


Silverstone held the first British Grands Prix on the mainland, first hosting the races in 1977 after the Isle of Man Mountain course was finally deemed too dangerous for world championship racing. The fast former airfield circuit held the GPs for ten years, before switching to the then revamped Donington Park in 1987. Donington went on to become the spiritual home of motorbike racing in the UK, with Silverstone remaining the jewel in the car racing world.


The race returned to a revised Silverstone in 2010, at a time when the venue looked like losing its Formula One status, and has been the home of the British Grand Prix ever since – initially promoted by the venue itself and, since 2015, by the ill-fated Circuit of Wales venture, which dry hired Silverstone while waiting for its own circuit to be readied.


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With the Circuit of Wales saga finally dead in the water, Donington Park and Silverstone went head to head to purchase the hosting rights from championship organisers Dorna for the next three years. After months of negotiations, Silverstone Managing Director Stuart Pringle was at the Valencian Grand Prix this weekend to finalise the deal and keep the race at his venue for the next three years.


He said: “A lot of time and money has been invested in recent years to ensure MotoGP fans, teams and riders enjoy what Silverstone has to offer and we are delighted to have secured the contract to 2020. Two wheel racing is as much a part of Silverstone’s heritage as four wheel racing and we are looking forward to welcoming the championship and its fans back to Silverstone next August.”


Unlike the past three seasons, which have been hosted at Silverstone but managed by the Circuit of Wales, the Silverstone team will be responsible for the promotion of the 2018 race. Tickets will go on sale from today via Silverstone’s own website (www.silverstone.co.uk) and Pringle says that he wants to make it a great weekend out for the family, adding: “We have been working on a family friendly pricing policy, including the re-introduction of under 11 year olds go free, which we hope will be well received by fans and which will launch via the Silverstone website at 10:00 am on Monday 13 November.”


Speaking of the appointment, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports added: “Silverstone is an iconic British circuit, so naturally we are pleased to be able to continue racing at this iconic circuit. The United Kingdom is an important market for Dorna and has to remain on the MotoGP calendar, especially with the introduction of the British Talent Cup next year, which we hope will inspire the next generation of young British talent. We look forward to giving fans more action over the British Grand Prix weekend and I’m sure fans will be as happy as we are that Silverstone remains on the calendar for the next three years.”


For more information or to book tickets, visit www.silverstone.co.uk

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