British motorcycle Grand Prix
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|Grand Prix motorcycle racing|
|Venue||Silverstone Circuit (1977-1986, 2010- )
Donington Park (1987-2009)
|Most wins (rider)||Valentino Rossi (7)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Honda (36)|
The British motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Before 1977, the only British round was the Isle of Man TT, which was part of the championship from its inauguration in 1949 until 1976.
The Isle of Man TT was the most prestigious event on the Grand Prix motorcycling calendar from 1949-1972. After the 1972 event, multiple world champion Giacomo Agostini dropped a bombshell on the motorsports world by stating he would never race at the Isle of Man TT again, stating the 37-mile (62 km) circuit was too dangerous for international competition. His friend Gilberto Parlotti was killed during the event. Many riders followed Agostini's boycotting of the next 4 events, and after the 1976 season, the Isle of Man TT was scratched from the FIM calendar.
The first so-called British motorcycle Grand Prix in 1977 was the first held on the British mainland, at the Silverstone Circuit. The event moved to Donington Park in 1987, and back to Silverstone in 2010.
Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of what is now known as MotoGP, revealed that they had signed a deal for the British GP to be held at the yet-to-be constructed Circuit of Wales from 2015. However, the developer has stated that the circuit will be ready in 2016; so the 2015 British motorcycle Grand Prix will return to Donington Park for 2015 only.
Winners of the British motorcycle Grand Prix
- Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7