Posted: 25 Aug 2013
If you’re planning to buy tickets to this year’s British MotoGP at Silverstone, have already secured them or were one of our lucky 500 MotoGP Ticket Giveaway winners, here’s all you’ll need to know about this year’s event.
As with most events, booking your tickets to the British GP in advance rather than buying them ‘on the gate’ can save you a few quid – which will come in handy for when you’re actually at the event. At a week before race weekend, Silverstone is already saying availability is limited though, so you’ll need to be quick if you’ve yet to secure your ticket!
Aside from general admission, which will set you back £80 per adult for race day, a roving grandstand ticket (priced at £95 per adult for race day) gives you access to a selection of grandstands at the circuit and allows you to choose your seat in any of these grandstands on a first come first served basis. If you want to secure a grandstand seat, be prepared to pay £110 per adult, although most of the reserved seating has sold out already.
You can find more information on tickets and pricing here.
Travel and parking
Anyone who has ever been to a British MotoGP (or any other high profile motorsport event for that matter) will know that regardless of how good a circuit’s entrance and exits are you’re going to hit traffic! As Silverstone goes, it’s pretty easily accessible by car, but the standard advice ahead of any major motorsport event is to set off in plenty of time, and be prepared to sit in queues while traffic filters through to or out of the car parks. A good bet would be to keep checking Silverstone’s website for general access information and directions before you set off.
While parking your car at Silverstone is a bit on the pricey side (£25 for a two-day permit), it’s worth noting that they also have a number of alterative (and cheaper) options for those visitors wishing to avoid the queues. Park and ride prices start at just £2.50 per car per day, while Megabus and Stagecoach are both offering MotoGP-specific services to the circuit. Please click here for more details and timetables. If you’re travelling to the GP by motorcycle though, on-circuit parking for bikes is free.
Hotels and camping
At this late stage, it’s likely that most hotels in and around Silverstone are fully booked for the British GP weekend, but if you’re looking for accommodation, there’s no harm in trying them again – you may strike lucky and get a cancellation! Ones you could try include:
Alternatively, Silverstone’s Woodlands Campsite opens at 7am on Wednesday 28 August and closes at 12pm on 2 September. If you’re planning on camping here, keep up-to-date with the latest information here.
Best places to view
Silverstone’s grandstands are generally pretty good and we’d recommend trying them all if you’ve got the time. However, bear in mind that the Northamptonshire circuit is quite big, so getting around it can be fairly time consuming! Our favourite grandstands are Luffield, Becketts and Village, but the Luffield complex is, in our opinion, the best place to watch the action. From here you can see the bikes come down the Wellington Straight, into the famous Brooklands corner round on to Luffield then into Woodcote.
If you would rather see more of the track, Becketts is the grandstand to be. From here you have a clear view of the Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel complex before the riders head onto the Hanger straight and you can also see the riders coming out of the Arena complex into Aintree and onto the back end of the Wellington Straight. The only issue with this vantage point is that you may feel a little bit too far away from the action.
If your ticket doesn’t allow grandstand access, the banking up at Stow corner is particularly good, or at Maggotts there is literally a metre (and a metal fence) between you and the track. The standing areas at Luffield and Copse are quite good spots to view from too.
If you’ve already secured your tickets to the British GP, chances are you already know the racing timetable for Sunday 1 September. But if you’re heading to Silverstone for the full weekend, here’s what else you can look forward to – off the track.
Now in its 22nd year, Day of Champions gives people the chance to experience behind the scenes of the world of MotoGP and all the money raised goes to help Riders for Health, the MotoGP’s official charity. To find out more visit www.riders.org.
The Animal WD-40 Action Sports Tour mixes the skill, control and balance of World Champion trials rider Martyn Ashton, with the spectacular aerial style of one of the world’s most exciting jump riders Blake Samson. Keeping the riders under control is ringleader and MC James Thorne.
Younger motorcycle fans aged over 11 years have the opportunity to experience riding a scooter and develop skills in a safe and fun environment with trained instructors for just £5.
Kiddimoto provides balance bikes for children aged 2-12 and gives them the opportunity to ride on two wheels for the first time. The inflatable track in the E-Zone is the perfect place for kids to try out the Kiddimoto Ride On bikes.
Industry-backed Get On are offering wanna-be motorcyclists aged 16 and over the opportunity to have a free taster session on two wheels. If you’ve already got your licence but haven’t ridden for a while, why not visit the stand and learn how to get back on the road?
From Friday to Sunday, the main stage will be the setting for a number of live music acts set to entertain revellers while the on-track action takes a respite. From Mothership and White Bone Rattle to The Establishment and Toseland, there’s plenty of variety to keep everyone entertained.
The Aerostars will perform 13 minutes of thrilling choreography and nail-biting action including head-to-head passes, individual advanced aerobatics and stunning break manoeuvres to keep crowds mesmerised.
If you’re heading to the British GP and want to keep your friends updated on what’s going on, don’t forget to enter our Unmissable GP Gadget Giveaway to win a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone!