MotoGP moves back to old Silverstone pits
14 February 2013 – After two years based in the Silverstone wing complex, MotoGP's teams will be moved back to the National Paddock in 2013. The start line will therefore be situated along the National Straight, with Copse reclaiming its status as the first corner.
For the past two seasons, the Moto2 and Moto3 paddocks have been located away from the premier class at the Northamptonshire venue. Although it was feasible, commercial rights holder Dorna viewed the situation as logistically challenging.
"The move will certainly improve the fans’ overall experience of the MotoGP weekend; and that is Silverstone’s priority, to help the British fans show their support for not only Cal, Bradley, Michael and all the Brit riders in Moto2 and 3, but the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez too," said Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips.
"The paddocks will be less spread out and closer to all the off-track entertainment, creating an even better atmosphere. It also means Copse will become the first corner, once again, which was always popular with riders and fans alike."
Organisers also confirmed that spectators who have purchased grandstand tickets for the Abbey corner, formerly Turn 1, will be able to substitute their choice if desired.