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Motorcycle Track Guide: Silverstone GP

Get the racers knowledge of the new Silverstone GP circuit with Niall Mackenzie

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Submitted by Niall Mackenzie on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:21

Motorcycle Track Guide: Silverstone GP

The completion of the all new Silverstone GP circuit means we finally have a motorsport facility to match any other in the world. Many will argue that Donington is still more satisfying to ride but the combination of ultra fast straights linked with every type of corner you could ever ask for, makes Silverstone equally special.

The MotoGP lads commented that the surface is bumpy but these guys are used to billiard table smooth wherever they go, so I wouldn’t worry too much on this front. There is first class cafe, acres of garage space and paddock so visiting this circuit will always be a very civilised experience. For MotoGP and F1 there is a new start/finish and pits complex but the original pits and paddock will be used for track days and national racing.

With the Silverstone GP circuit now being 3.6 miles round a good lap on a track day will take you around two minutes and twenty seconds. It isn’t too physical as there are four long straights, however you’ll need to keep sharp through the fast changes of direction. It is the ultimate circuit in the UK if you want to stretch the legs on your 1000cc sportsbike but still great fun riding through the technical stuff on a 600. Big dollar has been spent here and you can tell.

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