Circuit of Wales set for British MotoGP round
13 August 2014 – The Circuit of Wales is set to play host to MotoGP's British round until 2024 after a five-year contract, with the option of a further five-year extension, was agreed with commercial rights holder Dorna.
The partnership will begin in 2015, although next year's Grand Prix is set to take place at a different British venue, with construction work on the £280 million track, situated in Ebbw Vale, yet to commence.
"Our agreement with Dorna is a significant landmark in the development of the Circuit of Wales," explained Michael Carrick, Chief Executive of the Circuit of Wales, after the agreement was confirmed.
"MotoGP is the pinnacle of global motorcycle racing and expectations within the series and of its millions of fans worldwide are for a truly world class event at iconic and state-of-the art venues. We look forward to meeting those expectations when we welcome MotoGP to Wales from 2016 and we are now working closely with Dorna and the (governing body) FIM with regard to the 2015 British round of the MotoGP World Championship."
Carmelo Ezpeleta, the Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Sport, added: "We are excited to be working closely with the Circuit of Wales after being involved with the project for more than four years. The commitment to MotoGP is obviously a catalyst to a wide range of exciting projects aimed at contributing to the regeneration of the area, while we work together with MotoGP governing body the FIM in relation to the full homologation of the circuit."
Silverstone is currently the home of the British MotoGP round, having taken over from Donington in 2010.