|MotoGP won’t be using the multi million pound complex
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It has been announced today that after two years of MotoGP using the new Silverstone ‘Wing’ Pit & Paddock complex the elite motorcycle series will return to the old National set up for this years Grand Prix.
Silverstone claim that customer feedback has shown that two wheel fans prefer to get closer to the race action whilst at the same time being able to experience entertainment, retail stands and manufacturer displays. The retail and entertainment area is within walking distance to the National Paddock however to the ‘Wing’, the walk is so long Silverstone have to put on a bus service. In previous years, MotoGP has operated out of two paddocks as the ‘Wing’ complex is not big enough to accommodate all classes and this has proved logistically challenging for Dorna.
In 2011 MotoGP was one of the first events run out of the new ‘Wing’ complex. However it is not the only large scale motorcycle event to run out of the old paddock, Stuart Higgs announced in 2011 that BSB wouldn’t even move to the new paddock as it was too expensive and too small. Although it is understood that the MotoGP decision has been taken by Silverstone rather than Dorna.
With change of paddock comes change of the start/finish straight, the MotoGP bikes will now start and end on the National Pits straight, with Copse being the first corner and Woodcote being the last. Fans who have already bought tickets for Abbey Grandstand thinking it would be the first corner will have the option to change at no extra cost.
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone said: “The move will certainly improve the fans’ overall experience of the MotoGP™ weekend; and that is Silverstone’s priority, to help the British fans show their support for not only Cal, Bradley, Michael and all the Brit riders in Moto2 and 3, but the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez too. The paddocks will be less spread out and closer to all the off-track entertainment, creating an even better atmosphere. It also means Copse will become the first corner, once again, which was always popular with riders and fans alike. Certainly, judging by the test results in Sepang and Valencia, this year is shaping up to be a great championship across all three Moto classes.”