MotoGP: Brno Will Host Czech GP for 2015 & Beyond

08/17/2014 @ 8:14 pm, by David Emmett6 COMMENTS

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MotoGP looks certain to be returning to the Brno circuit for 2015, after the local region of South Moravia guaranteed financing for the race for next year. In addition, talks are continuing to extend financing for the race beyond the 2015 season.

The race in Brno had been in doubt for some time now. The circuit, owned by Karel Abraham Sr., father of the Cardion AB rider, has struggled to pay the sanctioning fee demanded by Dorna, despite being the best-attended round of the series (over 142,000 turned up to watch the race in 2013 at the spacious, wooded Czech circuit).

The circuit has previously received funding from the Czech government, but that has been withdrawn.

Now, the South Moravian region has stepped in to guarantee the 2.5 million euro sanctioning fee. The event reportedly generates around 35 million euros in revenue for businesses in the area, and is an important contributor to the local economy. Keeping the MotoGP round at the circuit is key for the regional authorities.

The deal agreed guarantees funding for the 2015 round, but talks will continue for future races. Both Dorna and the circuit intend to sign a long-term deal to keep the race at the track.

Source: Dorna

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. I sincerely hope that Brno stays on the calendar for many years to come. It is one of the classic venues and the sport would be all the poorer for it to be dropped.

  2. smilo998 says:

    Seeing as 240,000 people turned up and the track is great, you would have to wonder why it would not be on the calendar. Great news.

  3. @smiler: Sunday attendance was 138,312. Where did you get the 240,000 number?

  4. L2C says:

    For me, Brno is on the level of Le Mans. An absolutely classic track that produces memorable racing. I can’t imagine the MotoGP calendar without it. It’s hard enough already having lost Laguna Seca. And it hurts plenty to remind myself of that.

  5. L2C says:

    And just think about it. All those up and coming riders have missed the chance to race Laguna Seca because they either were born too late or didn’t progress fast enough. Miller, Rins, Vinales… They’ll never know what they missed.

  6. Where did you get the 240,000 number?

    Never mind, smiler. I saw a tweet that showed full weekend attendance to be 240,695. Amazing that even with the highest spectator numbers of the season, the venue was still at risk to be able to support MotoGP. Glad that it eventually got sorted.