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Fast MotoGP News: Circuit of Wales Confirmed, Smith Signs with Tech3 and More

After the British media complained about the lack of transparency surrounding the funding and schemes of the future Circuit of Wales (CoW) complex, Dorna Sports announces that an agreement was reached and a 5-year contract was signed, with the option to extend it for five more years.
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The Circuit of Wales will be built near EbbW Vale, in the Blaenau Gwent area, and is the first British purpose-built MotoGP circuit. The facility will include the 3.5 mile (5.63 km) track complying with international motor racing specifications, MotoGP-spec facilities, hotel, commercial and retail complexes, facilities for indoor motorsport events, kart racing and driver training circuits plus more.

A £280 million (€349 mil or $467 mil) investment, the Circuit of Wales will however debut in 2015 with a race in an alternative British venue. This means that we get 2 UK rounds, or Silvestrone is through?
Still in connection with the British motorsport, we announce that Herve Poncharal’s Tech3 Yamaha has signed 23-year-old Bradley Smith for one more season. 2015 is the fifth season Bradley Smith rides for the French outfit, and the third in the premier class, aboard the YZR-M1 Yamaha satellite machine.

Both team owner Herve Poncharal and Bradley Smith were enthusiast to ink the new deal. “I am very pleased to announce that Bradley Smith will remain with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for one more year. We know each other well plus he is part of the family so this will be the fifth year of us working together and he will be the second longest serving Tech3 rider behind Olivier Jacque,” Poncharal said.

Smith added: “It’s difficult to explain exactly how I feel right now but I am just overly thankful to Yamaha and Herve (Poncharal) as well as the whole Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for believing in me and enabling me to continue riding here for another year. I really do love working with this team plus the Yamaha YZR-M1 and it’s crazy to think that this well be our fifth year together although it still feels like the second!”

Another British rider, Scott Redding, under a 2-season contract with GO&FUN Honda Gresini is openly speaking about his and his manager’s struggle to be at the helm of factory-supported satellite Honda RC213V next year. Currently riding a production racer, Redding is showing consistent racing nerve, and he dreams of actually riding the same hardware as Pedrosa and Marquez… and ditch the Show suspensions and Nissin brakes, for the “real deal” the twoSpaniards use on their bikes.

However, discussions are taking place, with a possible resolve this weekend in Brno. It looks like HRC will have the final word, as the satellite teams have been used more than once to test and develop Showa and Nissin hardware, both brands being Honda subsidiaries.

Finally, Finnish Moto2 rider Mika Kallio confirmed that he is negotiating with both Aprilia and Aspar for a 2015 seat. Aprilia is said to be back to the premier class as a factory team, though rumors say they’re kind of far from ready to fight, especially as the old ART bike will be fielded in 2015, in case the comeback will actually take place.


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