MotoGP is to change pits once again at the Silverstone circuit. The paddock is to move away from the new Silverstone Wing between Club and Abbey and back to the old facilities between Woodcote and Copse. The move has been made to accommodate fans, who could not reach the paddock behind the Wing very easily, with buses running between the old paddock and the new Wing. The situation is set to continue until a bridge or tunnel can be built for fan access to the pit complex at the Wing, but that is an investment which the circuit does not currently have the funds to make.
This also means that the start and finish line will move again, from its former position after Club, back to the spot just after Woodcote.
Below is the press release issued by the Silverstone press office, containing full details of the move:
Silverstone MotoGP™ Paddock on the move
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 organization 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”.
All spectators who have purchased ‘Reserved’ tickets for Abbey Grandstand, at the first corner, will be contacted and given the option to exchange their ticket for an alternative location.
Tickets for the 2013 British Grand Prix (MotoGP™) are now on sale. For further information, or to book tickets, visit www.silverstone.co.uk.