After its disastrous cancellation last year, UK race circuit Silverstone has signed a one-year extension to host the British round of MotoGP until 2021, with its much-maligned track undergoing a full resurface ahead of Formula One’s stop-off in July.
Aggregate Industries was heavily criticised for its relaying of the Silverstone track last year. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was less than impressed with it during the British Grand Prix, and then drainage issues during the MotoGP weekend saw the race cancelled when the track was deemed unsafe due to standing water.
Championship organisers subsequently suspended Silverstone’s licence for MotoGP until the issue had been resolved and the track met Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) standards.
The contractor Tarmac will undertake the new UK£5 million (US$6.5 million) resurfacing job. It will be overseen by consultant Jarno Zaffelli, who helped with successful resurfacing jobs at the Sepang and Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo racetracks.
Work is set to take place on 10th June and aims to be completed by 30th June, giving the track enough time to be ready before Silverstone hosts the Formula One British Grand Prix from 12th to 14th July.
Stuart Pringle, Silverstone managing director, said: “Getting to this point has involved a lot of work by the staff at Silverstone but throughout it all we have been completely focused on making sure we make the right decisions to guarantee the future of our most important events with Formula One and MotoGP.
“The extension to the MotoGP contract is excellent news for all of us at Silverstone and allows us to plan long-term for the future development of MotoGP, and all two-wheel action, at our circuit. We look forward to making the MotoGP weekend the best motorcycling event in the UK biking calendar.”
MotoGP chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta added: “The extension to the contract at Silverstone is a mark of the confidence we have in the circuit to host a successful MotoGP event over the next three years.
“Silverstone is one of the most historic of all the MotoGP venues and we have been working closely with Silverstone to ensure the race has a successful future. We will be assisting with any changes that need to be made regarding the track surface after the events of the 2018 MotoGP.”