No More MotoGP Action at Donington This Year, the Circuit of Wales Deal Is Off

British MotoGP fans rejoiced as the early fall of 2014 brought in news that premier class action would resume at the historic Donington Park circuit, as part of a deal inked with the new Circuit of Wales. If you haven’t read the article we posted on the Circuit of Wales deal back then, here’s a short recap.
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MotoGP and the CoW had signed a contract for 5 seasons, but the new racing facility had no chances of being ready to host such an event this year. Therefore, the Wales company created a subsidiary, GP15 Limited who searched for a partner to host the 2015 British round on behalf of the CoW. Since circuits which can accommodate premier class racing events are not exactly numerous in the UK, GP15 Limited chose Donington Park for this year’s UK round.

“Unable to complete their agreement with DPRL, nor meet long-planned payment deadlines”

This phrase is an excerpt from an official press release form the management of Doningotn Park Racing Limited (DPRL). This means that the deal is off, as GP15 Limited and the Circuit of Wales failed repeatedly to pay the due amounts to Donington Park as part of the agreement. The money was to be used by DPRL to secure services, and fund track works and equipment hire. According to Donington officials, this also led to important delays in almost all the operational plans for the upcoming Grand Prix round.

The same source mentions that the “current position could jeopardise the safe and successful running of the 2015 British MotoGP at Donington to such an extent, that both the commercial risks and the lack of time are now too great to allow Donington to proceed. It is this week, way past any normal deadlines, when we - in partnership with CoW - would have been committing to major expenditures. CoW have made it clear to us that they are not now in a position to complete, so we have to withdraw and end the planned arrangement.

Extending their excuses to the motorcycle racing fans and to those who have already bought tickets for the August 30 race, DPRL adds that a full refund will be issued within 10 days from the claim. At the same time, the World Superbike Championship round scheduled for May 22-24, 2015 will be held as planned.

With some 7 months left until the British GP, the Circuit of Wales has to be really quick. Obviously, the alternative is Silverstone, which is said to have already started discussions with Dorna for hosting the 2015 round. As for the development of the Circuit of Wales project, the British media is certainly investigating the (almost total) silence.
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