After being cancelled as a stop for this year’s World Championship, the Hungarian GP is back on for 2010 at the Balatonring. The new track has been plagued with development problems in acquiring the land and necessary permits for its construction, leaving its planned September debut to be scrapped.
Hungary will be MotoGP’s second stop in Eastern Europe once the Balatonring is finished. When completed the new course will be 2.8 miles long, have 16 turns, and a straightaway where riders can expect speeds of 195 mph.
Despite its problems the Hungarian track facility is a lucrative opportunity not only for its owners, but also for MotoGP. While the Balatonring is expected to cost around €90 million, the track is also set to accomodate an audience of 140,000 race-going fans. At full attendance, an event like MotoGP could bring in nearly €80 million. Not bad for a week’s work.
Hungary is just one of many places MotoGP is looking for expansion. The series has been looking at emerging markets to bring premiere motorcycle racing. But, we’re still waiting for the Brazilian GP, are you reading this Carmelo?