The race track at Silverstone is a fixture in British racing, having opened its gates in 1948. However, it was primarily used as a motor racing track and today still hosts the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and other motor racing events. The track has hosted the MotoGP race since 2010, taking over from Donington Park.
The track is 3.666 miles (5.900km) in total length and is one of the longer tracks on the MotoGP racing calendar. Silverstone underwent a much needed modernisation and expansion in 2010 and 2011. It is now considered to be one of the fastest racing tracks on the MotoGP calendar. The track has eight left corners and 10 right ones.
In 2013, it was Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) who won the race here and he was followed by two of his countrymen: Marc Marquez (Honda) in second place and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) in third place, completing a Spanish clean sweep on the podium.
The circuit is pretty much located in the countryside and is most easily accessed by car. It is situated 72 miles (115km) north of London. Silverstone lies on the A43 highway and is well-signposted from the major M1 motorway, roughly 15 minutes away. From the M1, drivers should get off at junction 15A, or from the M40 at junction 10. The nearest major cities are Milton Keynes (to the south) and Northampton (to the north), both of which have major train and bus stations as well.
There are really no airports nearby the circuit and fans can use London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Luton, Stansted or Birmingham airports. Distance wise, London Heathrow is the closest international airport and is roughly 69 miles (110km) from the track.