The loss of the MotoGP race will not affect Donington Park's plans to begin hosting F1's British grand prix in 2010, circuit chief Simon Gillett insists.

The loss of the MotoGP race will not affect Donington Park's plans to begin hosting F1's British grand prix in 2010, circuit chief Simon Gillett insists.

It emerged last week that Silverstone, the current home of formula one in Britain, has secured the MotoGP rights for five years.

Donington has hosted the premier motorcycling category since the 80s.

And even before the circuit's loss of the MotoGP revenue, sceptics were expressing doubt about its ability to raise the money necessary for its expensive F1 overhaul.

But track chief Gillett told the Leicester Mercury: "We knew before Christmas that it would be moving, and although it is a big loss it is not going to impact in any way on our plans for the F1 grand prix."

He said Donington will bid to reclaim the MotoGP rights at the expiry of Silverstone's new contract in 2014.

 

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