The future of the British Grand Prix hangs in the balance on Friday, as the Donington Park circuit faces an inspection from the FIM's safety officer Claude Danis, according to UK weekly Motorcycle News. The circuit has undergone massive work to prepare it for the Formula 1 Grand Prix which is scheduled to be run here in 2010 - if the company that runs the circuit doesn't lose the lease of financial problems beforehand.
The sticking point has been the reduced runoff at McLeans, caused by the building of a new paddock access tunnel between the McLeans and Coppice corners. According to MCN, the FIM has told Donington Ventures Leisure Limited, the company that runs the track, that the amount of runoff at McLeans must be the same as it was last year, and DVLL has given no indication that this is not the case. The circuit has already hosted racing in the British Superbike Championship, but Claude Danis told MCN that as the FIM is not involved in organizing BSB, they have to organize their own safety inspections.
If the track fails the inspection, then Donington will have two more weeks to rectify the situation. They would then face another inspection to verify the changes. If Donington Park were to fail the safety checks, then the MotoGP series could lose its second race of the season. Rumors had emerged that a race could take place at Imola, to replace the scrapped Hungarian round at the Balatonring, but organizers in Italy worry that with two rounds of MotoGP and three rounds of World Superbikes already planned to take place in the country, and in the midst of an economic crisis, Italian fans would simply not have enough money to afford to attend yet another round of international motorcycle racing.