Dorna pledge support to British Grand Prix

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Dorna events director Javier Alonso has pledged support to the British Grand prix, regardless of what happens in the future with the beleaguered Circuit of Wales project.

Currently the rights holders for the race until 2020, with an option to extend for a further five years afterwards, the race faces an unknown future after the Welsh government withdrew public funding to the tune of £30 million.

However, Alonso, speaking exclusively to MCN at last weekend’s Austin MotoGP race, says that Dorna will ensure the future of the British round of the series irrespective of what happens in Wales.

“We have a contract with Wales, and that contract still goes on. Of course, we have talked to them after what we read in the press – but they are cool; they say there is no problem to continue with the plan. It is true that the government has made a step backwards, but they have other ways of financing the project, and what they told me is that there are still people working on the site. The aim is to continue.

“If the circuit is built at the end of the initial five years, we will continue to work with them and if everything goes well as soon as we go there, then why not to continue going there?

“The other situation we can have in the future is if they fail. Then, we will look at the other possibilities that we have in England – Silverstone and Donington. Both want to host MotoGP, and I think that the future of the British Grand Prix is secure in one place or another for the future.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer