New bike-friendly layout planned for race circuit
18 February 2009

Silverstone is looking beyond the British GP's planned switch to Donington from 2010 with these changes to make the circuit more friendly for bike racers and spectators.

The plans show a new infield section of track, called the Arrowhead, that runs from the approach at Abbey and on the inside of Becketts. New spectator areas and the existing grandstand at Becketts will provide vantage points from which to see two sections of track.

Other changes include the removal of the grandstands and safety barriers at Woodcote; they will be replaced by a new run-off area to improve rider safety for planned MotoGP and British Superbike events.

The new layout will also see the removal of the chicane at Woodcote, increasing the chance of overtaking along the pit straight.

Silverstone’s owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club, expects the £5m renovation of the circuit to start in November. Work should be finished by March the following year, in time for the start of the 2010 MotoGP season.

George Barrow

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