Silverstone Reveal New Layout for MotoGP

Silverstone have unveiled the new layout for the 2010 British Grand Prix in the MotoGP series. The British officials have proceeded in making several changes to the track that is mostly known in the world for its long-time connections with the world of Formula 1.

After losing the right to host an F1 round after the 2009 season, Silverstone have secured a place in the MotoGP calendar starting 2010. As part of their £5 million revamp package, the circuit officials have not only proceeded to changing the layout, but also build new grandstands around the track. The changes are as followed:

As compared to the F1 layout, the MotoGP version will feature a new line connecting the Abbey chicane to the National circuit in the vicinity of Becketts. The place where it will meet the National circuit – via a tight left-hander – will be known as the Arrowhead. This section will also feature a new grandstand, closer to the circuit.

“The new Arrowhead on the inside of Becketts will be a major new feature of the circuit. The fast approach and sharp left should provide plenty of opportunities to overtake, making it a real focal point for spectators. The views will be fantastic, especially from the new spectator banking areas and grandstands we will be building around the Arrowhead,” said the circuit's managing director Richard Phillips.

“The viewing experience for fans is hugely important and we now have an opportunity to make sure it is absolutely right, all around the circuit. The new layout will also enable fans to circulate around the venue more easily, to watch all the action from different vantage points.”

“We are making a significant investment but it is absolutely worth it. Early feedback from both riders and drivers has been very positive. The chicane at Woodcote is going and changes to other sections of the circuit should result in increased overtaking opportunities,” added the Silverstone official.
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