MotoGP: Donington Park named British GP venue for 2015

Donington Park seen from an aerial view.

Donington Park has been elected by the Circuit of Wales and Dorna Sports as the alternative venue for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix for the 2015 event.

Whilst the Circuit of Wales is scheduled to host the British Motorcycle Grand Prix until 2024, after agreeing a five-year contract with the option for further five-year extension with the Championship’s commercial rights holders, it has been decided that the series would return to the Leicestershire venue next year, before moving to the new Circuit of Wales in 2016.

"After announcing the long-term MotoGP agreement between Dorna and the Circuit of Wales three weeks ago, our priority has been to agree the venue for 2015," explained Chris Herring of the Circuit of Wales. Herring added: "It is in the interests of everyone, especially the fans, to make a decision as soon as possible and, in Donington Park, we have a venue that shares our vision for growing MotoGP in the UK."

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “The Circuit of Wales has worked very quickly to secure the best deal for the British race fans and we believe Donington Park will deliver a fantastic race in 2015.

“Donington Park has a long history and has been the scene of some of the most exciting MotoGP races in recent years and we are sure that the extensive works undertaken, since it reopened four years ago, will guarantee a successful event.”

The date for the 2015 British FIM MotoGP™ World Championship round is expected to be announced later this month.

Donington Park had previously been the home of MotoGP™ for 23 years, hosting it from 1987 to 2009.

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