Wales to host British MotoGP

  • Last Updated: August 13 2014, 21:43 BST

The Circuit of Wales is set to take over from Silverstone as the host of the British Grand Prix in MotoGP.

A historic five-year deal, with the option of a five-year extension, has been agreed by the circuit, which is due to be built near Ebbw Vale, and the championship's rights holders Dorna Sports S.L.

However, it was also announced on MotoGP's official website that next year's grand prix could be held at a different venue, with the Circuit of Wales then hosting its inaugural race the following year.

Michael Carrick, chief executive of the Circuit of Wales, said: "Our agreement with Dorna is a significant landmark in the development of the Circuit of Wales.

"MotoGP is the pinnacle of global motorcycle racing and expectations within the series and of its millions of fans worldwide are for a truly world class event at iconic and state-of-the art venues.

"We look forward to meeting those expectations when we welcome MotoGP to Wales from 2016 and we are now working closely with Dorna and the FIM, MotoGP's governing body, with regard to the 2015 British round of the MotoGP World Championship."

Since the beginning of the British motorcycle Grand Prix in 1977, only the courses at Donington and Silverstone have been used, with the latter coming to the end of its own five-year deal.

Should the £280 million Circuit of Wales prove a success, it may be that Donington and Silverstone have to wait until 2024 to have the opportunity to host the grand prix once more.