2016 brings a lot of excitement in the MotoGP world! With Brno's contract being extended plus the addition of Austria to the schedule, we have so much to look forward to. Read below for recent and past news on what's new for the 2016 MotoGP calendar.
Contract Extended with Brno to 2020
MotoGP series promoter Dorna Sports announced Monday, January 11 that the Czech Grand Prix will remain at the Brno circuit until 2020. Although the Czech circuit has consistently been on the MotoGP calendar since 1993, it faced financial difficulties that put the circuit in jeopardy of being removed from the schedule. Initially, the race was listed as “subject to contract” on the provisional 2016 calendar.
Now, a new deal has been signed between Dorna Sports and the Czech Grand Prix Association in Brno ensuring MotoGP will return to the track for another five seasons. Brno hosted its first Grand Prix in 1965 and had last season’s largest crowd with 138,752 race day fans and a weekend total of 248,434. The 2016 Czech Grand Prix is scheduled for August 21, forming the second half of a double-header with the Red Bull Ring in Austria, a new addition to the calendar this year.
“A year ago, not only was it hazy outside but the future arrangement of Grand Prix was hazy as well. I am glad that we have found a way to arrange MotoGP in Brno. The breakpoint was the last year’s agreement to establish the Association, which would have public support. I would also like to thank Mr. Ezpeleta for his extraordinary patience, which enabled the conclusion of the agreement. Now, it guarantees that Moto GP will be held in Brno for next 5 years,” said the Mayor of the City of Brno Petr Vokřál.
Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer Carmelo Ezpeleta added, “The signing of this agreement is one of the most important acts as far as the World Championship of Motorcycle Road Racing is concerned. It is very important for our company, which arranges those races, that the Brno Circuit is a part of the championship for the following years. This agreement deals with all the unresolved questions about the holding of races in the past.”
MotoGP™ Austria 2016
As announced last fall, Red Bull Ring replaces Indianapolis on the 2016 MotoGP calendar. After 19 years, MotoGP is finally returning to Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. The track is set amidst the picturesque mountains of Styria and resembles a genuine adventure park. The original track, the Österreichring, was built in 1969 and saw its fair share of MotoGP races over a number of years. In 2011, the Red Bull Ring was resurrected and opened its doors for motorsport fans throughout the world. This “Grade A” circuit is 4.3 km in length, can be split into two separate tracks – north and south – and features various differences in elevation (maximum uphill grade 12%, maximum downhill grade 9.3%).
2016 MotoGP™ Schedule
*Subject to Change
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