Bri­tish GP’S fu­ture is up in the air

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CAL­TON

The Cir­cuit of Wales story has ex­pe­ri­enced more ups and downs, twists and turns than a Black­pool roller­coaster ride.

With news this week that the Welsh Gov­ern­ment won’t un­der­write any fi­nan­cial short­fall (see page six), it would seem the writ­ing is on the wall for the am­bi­tious project.

The re­ally wor­ry­ing thing is what it might mean for a Bri­tish round of Motogp in the near fu­ture. While 2017’s race seems safe, what hap­pens in 2018 (and be­yond) looks less cer­tain.

Dorna’s deal with the Cir­cuit of Wales started in 2015 when Sil­ver­stone made it abun­dantly clear it would not pay the fee de­manded by the se­ries own­ers.

Af­ter try­ing to move the Brit GP to Don­ing­ton Park, the COW camp were forced to run the event at Sil­ver­stone af­ter Don­ing­ton bosses pulled out. But can the COW project keep pay­ing Dorna’s fee now? And if Dorna won’t budge on the amount charged, Sil­ver­stone may refuse to pick up the deal, and the tab.

It is thought that part of BT Sport’s deal stip­u­lates a Bri­tish round. But that con­tract runs out in 2018. Let’s hope Dorna cut a deal that works for all par­ties soon so that we con­tinue to en­joy an ac­tion-packed bat­tle of Bri­tain.

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