Silverstone, Donington Park Bidding For Next Year's MotoGP Slot
Silverstone's future as a venue for MotoGP, as well as Formula 1, "looks uncertain after a draft calendar published on Wednesday had no circuit listed for next year's British motorcycle grand prix," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. A slot for the 12th of 19 races was included on Aug. 26 but "with asterisks to indicate that the circuit was yet to be decided." Silverstone has hosted MotoGP since '10, "most recently as part of an agreement with the unbuilt Circuit of Wales" that had secured a five-year deal with series promoter Dorna from '15-19. The hosting rights are again up for tender, with Donington Park "back in contention" after being taken over in January by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer. Silverstone Managing Dir Stuart Pringle said that the MotoGP contract "came down to Donington or Silverstone." He added that, "while ultimately the decision may come down to money, Silverstone had shown Dorna it could stage a secure event with grandstand seating for 75,000 spectators." Pringle expected a decision "within weeks" but said that he was also "very relaxed" about the possibility of losing the MotoGP race (REUTERS, 9/13).