Less than 24 hours after the finish of the final British MotoGP race to take place at Donington Park, Silverstone announced that it had already sold £50,000 worth of tickets for the 2010 event.
Next year the event will return to the Northamptonshire circuit for the first time since 1986. It will benefit from a new layout measuring around 3.6 miles, making it one of the biggest tracks on the MotoGP calendar.
“We are investing in the next 20 years of motorcycle racing,” Silverstone’s managing director Richard Phillips said at a press conference at the track today.
“In the past Silverstone has been set up more for cars, but now we’re going to cater for bikes as well.”
The 2010 race will feature:
• Capacity for 92,000 spectators on race day
• 28,000 grandstand seats
• 20,000 camping places
• Top speeds of around 190mph
• At least six huge TV screens around the circuit
• A 1.2-mile club circuit inside the main circuit to cater for test rides or similar events
• Three or four entertainment areas within the huge Silverstone complex
• Dual carriageways running from the adjacent A43 dual carriageway straight into the circuit’s car parks
“At Silverstone the spectators used to be like Indians around the wagon train,” Phillips said.
“Now we will get people to come more into the centre and have music and a full programme of entertainment for four days.”