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Silverstone to get £5m facelift

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In preparation for the staging of a round of the MotoGP championship, Silverstone is to have a £5 million facelift.

Motorsport stars eager to try out the track will be getting the appropriate bike insurance policies in place ahead of the first event in 2010.

The Northamptonshire venue may have lost out on hosting the Formula One British Grand Prix to Donington Park, but it has managed to acquire the MotoGP from the Leicestershire track under a five-year deal.

Silverstone has unveiled provisional plans to make the venue more bike-friendly, including changes to the track and spectator viewing areas.

Included in the changes is a new section of track running from the approach at Abbey corner into an area to be known as 'Arrowhead' at the inside of Becketts.

Richard Phillips, Silverstone Circuits Ltd managing director, said: "We have an opportunity to make some exciting changes to the circuit and fundamental improvements to the viewing experience for fans.

"We are making a significant investment, but it is absolutely worth it. Early feedback from both riders and drivers has been very positive."

Mr Phillips also confirmed that the changes would not mean the end for the current grand prix circuit and it would still be used after this year's Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

© Press Association 2009