- British GP will use F1 track layout for first time since 2012
- Last weekend’s race saw Silverstone’s lowest MotoGP crowd in history
Dorna Sports, the promoter of global motorcycling series MotoGP, has announced the British Grand Prix will be moving to the International Paddock at the Silverstone circuit from next season.
This means the start-finish line will move to the Hamilton Straight, a layout that MotoGP hasn’t used since 2012.
MotoGP will now fall in line with the track layout that Formula One uses, gaining access to the Silverstone Wing complex.
The move forms part of efforts from the series to become more sustainable, as the paddock will require significantly less temporary infrastructure.
MotoGP will also benefit from Silverstone’s on-site generators, which now run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), resulting in a 90 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and, from 2023, all the electricity consumed on site will be generated from renewable energy sources.
The race will retain its summer slot that it used for the first time this season, with the event taking place from 4th to 6th August 2023.
The news follows the disappointing turnout at last weekend’s British Grand Prix, won by Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia.
The total weekend attendance was 100,400, which was the third-worst crowd of the season so far, behind Lusail and Mugello.
This was also the lowest Silverstone weekend crowd in history, beating the previous record by approximately 15,000 people.