Motorcycling - British GP to use old pits at Silverstone

MotoGP will use the pre-2011 Silverstone pits and startline from this season rather than the wing complex on the run to Abbey.

Motorcycling - British GP to use old pits at Silverstone

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Silverstone's old pitlane (Imago)

Both Formula 1 and MotoGP stayed with the paddock between Woodcote and Copse when Silverstone's new track layout was first introduced in 2010, before moving to the wing area the following year.

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said the main reason for the change was so that MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 could share the same paddock.

For the past two years the feeder categories have been based in the old paddock as there was insufficient room in the new section where MotoGP was based.

"The move will certainly improve the fans' overall experience of the MotoGP weekend," said Phillips.

"The paddocks will be less spread out and closer to all the off-track entertainment, creating an even better atmosphere.

"It also means Copse will become the first corner, once again, which was always popular with riders and fans alike.

"It is a shame we won't be using the wing paddock for this year's MotoGP but, until we have the funds to build a bridge or tunnel connecting the outside of the circuit with the wing, the national paddock is a more accessible facility for fans.

"We are also in agreement with Dorna that it makes sense to host all of the paddocks in the same location. When you add Moto2, Moto3 and the various support classes, MotoGP’s paddock requirement is larger than that of F1."

MotoGP chief Carmelo Ezpeleta said the unified paddock outweighed the benefit of the wing's facilities.

"Whilst working out of the prestigious wing allowed us to enjoy the comforts of a modern, first-class building, going back to the national paddock will help concentrate our entire global organisation in one place, which, logistically, is always highly beneficial," he said.

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