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Matthew Birt  says:

MCN Exclusive: Silverstone unveils £5m British MotoGP revamp

Silverstone’s £5m revamp for the 2010 British MotoGP will have two prime goals - close racing and a better viewing experience for the paying public. That is the blueprint for Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips, who has given MCN exclusive access to the redevelopment plans, which includes major modifications to the Northamptonshire circuit’s layout and spectator viewing areas to transform the...

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1000TT

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1000TT says:

Money money money

So there is a spend of £5million to upgrade stands, views, and some track enhancements. And a spend supposedly of £3million per year to Dorna for five years. That's a total of £20million over 5 years, an average of £4million a year spent.

So if (and it's a big IF) 100,000 people turn up per race each paying an average of £50.00 per ticket, plus extras for different stands etc each race would turn about lets say up to £6 million from the public. Then the race teams have to pay to race, the advertisers pay to advertise, TV rights are paid to show the races, stalls sellers pay to sell at their stalls, restaurants, drinks and burger profits, and so on so I would guess that each moto gp race could turn in the region of £10 million.

There are of course running costs for electricity, water, media concessions, freebies, salaries to site staff etc, so lets say costs run at about £1million per race. This would leave what would appear to be a decent profit of £5million per race. But that's if 100,000 people turn up. If as expected at most only 30,000 people turn up per race there will only be a profit of £0.5 million a year. This would just about cover the interest on the original £20million over five years, so you have to ask yourself is it worth it? And yes it bloody well is, Silverstone is a great track, the new plans look good (well better than it was), and of course there will be extra money to be made from all of the other events at Silverstone over the next five years and the costs no doubt will be shared accross their whole portfolio of events.  

I think we should go whole hog and support these guys, they've not only done this for themselves they seem very much to have done it for us too and as time goes on no doubt it will improve further, HOPEFULLY!

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r6buz

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r6buz says:

Silverstone doesn't need revamping. It needs restoring. It used to be a great track and thats why it's still a big name. The ecclescake parade fucked it all up. Brands Hatch has a spare weekend.

What i really want to see is what you get with a general admission ticket. And will security lock us in on Friday like at donington.

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CosherB

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CosherB says:

Thumbs up for the track

Thank goodness that Woodcote is restored to it's proper glory - well done Silverstone for creating the run-off by moving the main grandstand, not emasculating the corner.  Using a section of the International circuit to get around the 'Bridge problem' is a cheaper version of what Tilke had in mind with his F1 redesign - shame the new Abbey corner looks quite slow, but Brooklands is now much quicker off the National straight.  Looks a fast circuit, nudging 2 minutes?  Lets hope the spectator facilities match up ...

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doctorwatson

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doctorwatson says:

pigs ear

its never been a good bike track  ( compared to our other two) and that new layout isn't going to change it

 

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Breeze

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Breeze says:

Silverstone

Its flat, its boring, and it will never make a good motogp circuit IMHO, however if you need proof ask any motorcycle sport press photographer (well any good one at any rate!) B

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Breeze

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Breeze says:

Silverstone

I forgot to say; IT SHOULD BE AT BRANDS! (assuming they could get their admission issue sorted!)

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CosherB

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CosherB says:

Flat, yes....

... but I don't hear anyone moaning that Assen is as flat as a pancake?!

 

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Keeno46

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Keeno46 says:

Flat?

i think there is a downhill under the bridge then up to a left section?

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travis73

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travis73 says:

gftest

test

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