MotoGP: What does Circuit of Wales news mean for British GP?

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The bosses of the Circuit of Wales have been quick to stress to MCN that any uncertainty over the fate of the project will have no effect whatsoever on the running of this year’s British Grand Prix in only six weeks’ time.

The Circuit of Wales are the current contract holders for the race, penning a ten-ear deal with MotoGP bosses Dorna in 2014, and have been hosting the race at Silverstone ever since.

But, despite rumours that the project might be in jeopardy, project boss Martin Whittaker was insistent to MCN that this year’s race would continue as normal thanks to the way the project is structured.


“There is absolutely no reason to be concerned about the race. We made a decision at the end of last year to effectively split the Circuit of Wales from MotoGP, and they are essentially run by totally different teams of people and under different budget. There is absolutely no concern about the race, full stop, copper bottomed and everything else.”

Originally proposed in 2011 and scheduled to get construction underway in 2013, the site has yet to break ground. However, the Circuit of Wales organisation remain as the rights holders of the British round of the MotoGP championship, signing a ten-year deal with rights holders Dorna in 2014.

But earlier this month Welsh Government minister for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates has announced that his department has rejected the Circuit of Wales’ latest submission for government funding, in a move that marks the end of their involvement in the project andleaves the future of the entire project up in the air.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer