MotoGP: Dorna happy with Circuit of Wales situation

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MotoGP organisers Dorna say they’re happy with the current situation they enjoy with the Circuit of Wales project despite construction at the venue still not getting underway. The project are the rights holders for the British Grand Prix, but are currently forced to sub-let the deal to Silverstone to run the round.

However, speaking to MCN last week, Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta said that while the current situation isn’t ideal, they’re happy with the arrangement as long as it ensures the British Grand Prix remains on the calendar.

“We’re still in communication with the Circuit of Wales, they still pay us, and everything is ok. Today there is a meeting between their commercial people and ours in Barcelona, and it seems still they continue. We have a contract with them, and despite everyone saying that there is no money, they say that they will continue to do it – and more importantly to us, every year they pay us the fee!”

The British Grand Prix was still marked until this week as ‘subject to contract’ at Silverstone, but was changed with the release of a new finalised calendar on Monday to confirmed following the meeting between the organisers and Dorna.

The project looks no further forward to actually starting construction in Wales, however, with a series of delays and funding issues pushing construction back by years. 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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