Donington Pull Out of MotoGP Bid
It was announced last year that Donington Park would host the British MotoGP for the first time since 2009, winning a 5-year deal with Dorna in August. It was a decision which received mixed reviews in the biking world, and the debate was ignited again earlier this week.
It was announced that the deal was off and Donington Park would no longer be holding the British MotoGP, stating that necessary funding to renovate and add a number of safety improvements had not been obtained from Circuit of Wales. This, however, has since been disputed by them, who stated "The Circuit of Wales is disappointed to have been unable to reach a contractual agreement with Donington Park Racing Limited" as "both parties were subsequently unable to agree further terms to form a legal contract". It is unclear which party is correct at this time, however many fans of the series who had already purchased tickets and bought hotel rooms were not happy with the sequence of events.
Within minutes social media was ablaze with speculation on whether or not a British round would be held, with Silverstone repeatedly being thrown around with differing reactions - some saying "hopefully Silverstone" and others saying "anywhere but". The following day it came to light that Silverstone indeed had organised a deal with Dorna, and were in a position to hold the race there in both 2015 and 2016.
The Silverstone boss Patrick Allen said: "it was devastating for the venue to lose the event last autumn" and was "delighted" to have regained it.
For fans of the British MotoGP it is excellent news to hear there will be a round on British soil, regardless of the politics that go on behind it. With the season fast approaching we at MCE can't wait to see what surprises 2015 is going to bring!
15.02.2015 - MCE Insurance