MotoGP round 'very important' for Silverstone
14 January 2017 – Holding a round of the MotoGP championship is "very important" for Silverstone, according to BRDC President Derek Warwick, who hopes that the proposed Circuit of Wales does not get built.
Silverstone has been the home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix since 2010, when it took over from Donington Park, but the Circuit of Wales signed a five-year deal from 2015-19.
However, construction at the potential new venue has not yet begun, with the complex not set to open until 2019 at the earliest.
Silverstone has remained as the host of the British Grand Prix throughout the period, and the 2017 event will take place at the circuit in August.
"For me, MotoGP is very important," Warwick commented.
"For Silverstone, we think we've got it for the next two years, which is really good.
"I'll talk very quickly about a certain Welsh circuit, the Circuit of Wales, I hope it doesn't happen, I don't think it will happen, so I'm looking forward to MotoGP [at Silverstone] in the future."
Warwick also says that Silverstone's MotoGP round has been boosted by the presence and form of LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow.
Crutchlow ended Britain's 35-year wait for a premier class victory when he triumphed in the Czech Republic last season, and added another win in Australia.
Crutchlow also claimed pole position at Silverstone last year before going on to finish second in the race.
"We've got a very good crowd base now at Silverstone for motorbike followers," said Warwick.
"We're not just a four-wheel racing circuit any more, we're also a two-wheel circuit, we get a good following for that as well.
"The great thing about Cal is he's not bothered by anything, he helps us a lot at Silverstone.
"He will bring a lot of fans to Silverstone, he's a one-off talent, a bit quirky, but we love him to death."