Donington Park To Host British MotoGP Race In 2015 For First Time In Six Years
Donington Park "will stage the British MotoGP for the first time in six years when the race returns in 2015," according to the BBC. The Leicestershire track "will hold it for one year before it moves to the yet-to-be-built Circuit of Wales." Bosses at Silverstone, which has hosted the event for the last five years, "had hoped to retain it for another year." Circuit of Wales consultant Chris Herring said, "In Donington Park, we have a venue that shares our vision for growing MotoGP in the U.K." But Silverstone Managing Dir Richard Phillips "is unhappy with the decision to hand the race to Donington Park after failing to agree terms on a deal for 2015." 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" (BBC, 9/2). The LOUGHBOROUGH ECHO's Pete Warrington wrote Donington Park racing circuit Managing Dir Christopher Tate said that "he was delighted." Tate: "In the past three weeks, our team here has worked tirelessly to bring together the commercial arrangements for MotoGP 2015 in a way which supports our continued growth, while also providing the new U.K. rights holders with a successful event" (LOUGHBOROUGH ECHO, 9/3).