Despite the announcement last week that Donington Park has been given the planning consent for multi million pound circuit development, MCN has learned that the Leicestershire venue could lose the 2010 MotoGP race to rival circuit Silverstone.
Insiders claim that MotoGP organisers Dorna have snubbed the use of the new Donington Park circuit in favour of a larger sanction fee from Silverstone, believed to be double what Donington Park were prepared to pay.
MCN first reported that Silverstone were making moves to secure the biggest motorcycle race on the calendar in June 2008. Silverstone bosses have confirmed their interest in hosting the prestigious race and have begun discussion on what changes would need to be made to the circuit to secure the event.
Donington Parks CEO Simon Gillett has previously welcomed the competition from Silverstone and maintained that he wasn’t overly concerned about the threat of the rival circuit securing the event.
Donington has hosted the British GP since 1987, but with its contract coming to an end this year the events future remains wide open.
It’s also thought that Dorna aren’t keen on being part of Donington’s F1 plans which are clearly the main focus of circuit bosses.
For full details on the future of the British GP and the latest on Donington Park’s refurbishment see MCN out Wednesday 14th January.