Donington Park Racing Limited’s Board of Directors today announced that the 2015 MotoGP, set to take place on  August 30th, is cancelled.

A press release said that “The Circuit of Wales company, and its new subsidiary GP15 Limited, have as yet been unable to complete their agreement with DPRL, nor meet long-planned payment deadlines, in order to set in motion the operation of the 2015 British Motorcycle Grand Prix, MotoGP at Donington Park.”

The proposed Circuit of Wales

The proposed Circuit of Wales

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In 2014 the Circuit of Wales (CoW) signed a contract with Dorna SL of Barcelona – the owners and operators of the global racing series known as the FIM MotoGP World Championship – to stage the British round of MotoGP at their new circuit near Ebbw Vale, for five years starting in 2015. The Circuit of Wales is not yet under construction.

In early September 2014, CoW therefore sought an alternative race circuit on which to hold the 2015 British race and so fulfil their Dorna contract. CoW agreed detailed Heads of Terms with the Board of DPRL to hire the Leicestershire circuit, which had been home to MotoGP for many years prior to 2009, in order to run their contracted British MotoGP in 2015, during which period the CoW track was scheduled to be built.

As of today, the press release says, the situation is very clear: “Despite DPRL’s best efforts, the time lost with CoW being unable to complete the funding arrangements has resulted in delays in almost all of the event’s critically important operational plans, from track works to equipment hire. Therefore, in the judgment of the Board of DPRL, this current position could jeopardise the safe and successful running of the 2015 British MotoGP at Donington to such an extent, that both the commercial risks and the lack of time are now too great to allow Donington to proceed.

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