This year’s Octo British MotoGP™ was a huge success, with a very large crowd, exciting racing and the announcement that the Circuit of Wales - promoted event will remain at Silverstone for 2017.
A race day crowd of 75,000 enjoyed thrilling racing, with the world’s top riders displaying incredible skill and bravery around the high-speed 3.194 mile Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit – with full grandstands, banking and campsites creating an electric atmosphere.
The now traditional Day of Champions charity event on the Thursday kicked off anamazing motorcycle weekend, which continued throughout the four days both on track and in the entertainment zone, with attractions such as a display of Barry Sheene’s ‘bikes and memorabilia (to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sheene winning his first world title in 1976) and a live stage with Saturday’s headline act Rick Astley attracting a big crowd, despite the race.
Race day was graced with dry conditions, another big crowd and celebrity guests including Britain’s Olympic Gold Medal winning couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny. There were plenty of motorcycle racing legends there too, including Freddie Sheene, Randy Mamola, Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, Niall Mackenzie and Steve Parrish. And British fans had much to celebrate, with Cal Crutchlow winning an amazing battle for 2 nd place against Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Iannone – while 2013 Moto3™ world champion Maverick Vinales gave Suzuki its first win since its return to the championship with a stylish ride to victory.
In addition to the live and loud Silverstone crowd, the 2016 Octo British MotoGP™ was broadcast in over
200 countries, reaching nearly 300 million households around the world. “We were absolutely delighted to host the British MotoGP at Silverstone as part of our agreement with Dorna, the commercial rights holder for the sport,” said Martin Whitaker, CEO of the Circuit of Wales. “A large crowd enjoyed a fantastic weekend of racing and entertainment, and that is something we are already working hard to better for 2017.“
Our team is already growing in Wales and I was delighted to see so many from the region involved in the running of this year’s race at Silverstone. This will continue next year with a new agreement signed on the eve of the 2016 race.
“All our team look forward to work with and within the communities over the coming months and celebrating with you a facility that will be a development to inspire and deliver passion, hope and pride in the valleys and throughout the country.”