Donington Park GP work slides to mid-season

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The work mandated by MotoGP organisers to be carried out at Donington Park in preparation of the British Grand Prix returning to the Derbyshire circuit will now not take place until well into the middle of the 2015 season.

Originally scheduled to be completed in January or February, the work will now not commence until the middle of June, meaning it won’t be completed in time for the MCE British Superbike season opener in April.

The work, which sees the cancellation of the June 20-21st Beemsee round to be held there, entails a resurfacing of the entire circuit, as well as an adjustment to pit lane exit and some minor other work around the track.

Javier Alonso, who is a member of Race Direction and Dorna’s Managing Director of Events, took part in a special site visit to Donington Park in September where he met officials about the work needing to be carried out ahead of next year’s British Grand Prix on August 30.

The Spaniard said: “The circuit is more or less OK. We knew from the beginning that if we have to go to Donington we had to resurface because the track is bumpy and we were aware of that from World Superbikes. We requested a pit lane exit similar to Jerez. So they have to build a small road on the left, because right now it is a little bit on the line into turn one where the riders enter the track from the pits. There will be a small road on the left close to the wall up to the first corner.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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