British Moto GP to use old National pits
14th February 2013, 14:47 at 2:47 pm #132706
Just had a press release from Silverstone saying they will use the old pit and paddock for the Moto GP race this year.
They reckon it’s better for fans that way – interested to hear the views of those who’ve been:
After two years of being based in The Wing Pit and Paddock Complex, Silverstone has confirmed that this year’s MotoGP Paddock will be returning to the National Paddock for the British Grand Prix on 30 August – 01 September.
Customer feedback has shown that two wheel fans prefer to get closer to the race action, while at the same time being able to experience the entertainment, retail stands and manufacturer displays. This move will concentrate all the paddocks, entertainment and prime viewing locations into one area, with the main aim of giving racing fans an even better experience.
Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP, is supportive of the move, as the championship requires an integrated paddock and support paddock, which Silverstone is unable to accommodate in The Wing alone. Over the past two years, the circuit has had to operate two paddocks for MotoGP, split between The Wing and National complexes, which has proved logistically challenging for Dorna.
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: “The move will certainly improve the fans’ overall experience of the MotoGP weekend; and that is Silverstone’s priority, to help the British fans show their support for not only Cal, Bradley, Michael and all the Brit riders in Moto2 and 3, but the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez too. 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. Certainly, judging by the test results in Sepang and Valencia, this year is shaping up to be a great championship across all three Moto classes.”
“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. Previously these have been split over two sites, so moving them all together will be far more convenient for all involved.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, declared, “From Dorna’s point of view we understand the decision taken by Silverstone for the 2013 British Grand Prix, to be held at the beginning of September. Whilst working out of the prestigious Wing, which opened in 2011, 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. What is clear is that the Grand Prix will be one of the highlights on the calendar under the watchful eyes of thousands of fans”.14th February 2013, 14:51 at 2:51 pm #225172
OK, the second biggest race is held at Silverstone won’t use Silverstone wing. Why is it built?14th February 2013, 14:55 at 2:55 pm #225173
OK, the second biggest race is held at Silverstone won’t use Silverstone wing. Why is it built?
So when the British Grand Prix is held, there’s enough space and facilities to adequately cater for Formula 1 and all the support categories at the same time.14th February 2013, 18:06 at 6:06 pm #225174
The building of the Wing and the reconfigured infield has removed the cars and drivers from 99% of F1 fans… good to see MotoGP have more of an interest in their fans.14th February 2013, 18:30 at 6:30 pm #225175
Richard Phillips of Silverstone claims they cannot afford to build a tunnel or bridge to the new complex for now. Seems like a bit of a disaster for the circuit to me. Although the new wing is mighty impressive the stadium feel of the old layout has been lost as has some of the atmosphere in my opinion.14th February 2013, 18:30 at 6:30 pm #225176
@katederby I don’t really understand what you said, could you explain, please?14th February 2013, 18:38 at 6:38 pm #225177
SIlverstone have had to operate two paddocks for the bikes which is apparently a bad thing but the cars are split in to two paddocks. F1, then GP2 and GP3. Whats the difference?14th February 2013, 20:40 at 8:40 pm #225178
Sadly, I think the difference is that F1 doesn’t really care so much about GP2 and GP3 being over the way. They’re not overly fussed with the support categories as fans might be. Take V8 Supercars treatment at Yas Marina last year.
Moto GP, Moto2 and Moto3 generally are more integrated as a whole package.14th February 2013, 21:07 at 9:07 pm #225179
@the_sigman I’m not sure what you didn’t understand, can you elaborate?15th February 2013, 18:59 at 6:59 pm #225180
@katederby Why is moving to the old straight, would bring fans closer to action.15th February 2013, 21:13 at 9:13 pm #225181
The Wing is certainly not fan friendly and it seems the organisers of MotoGP feel the old Pits are more accessible.16th February 2013, 6:50 at 6:50 am #225182
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