Brno extends MotoGP deal until 2020

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The Czech round of MotoGP has bounced back from a potential demise only a year ago to secure a long-term deal that will see Grand Prix remain there until 2020.

With the addition of a new round of the series at the Red Bull Ring only across the border in Austria and the withdrawal of funding from local government, the race looked set to drop from the calendar. But, with a new commitment from the South Moravian government the race will now remain for a further four years.

The new contract was signed this week, with MotoGP boss and CEO of Dorna Sports Carmelo Ezpeleta representing the series and the Mayor of Brno Petr Vokřál and South Moravian governor Michal Hašek representing local government backing.

“A year ago there was a thick fog just outside the window, and it also shrouded the future organization of the Grand Prix. I am very glad that we managed to find a way to keep MotoGP in Brno. I would also like to thank Mr Ezpeleta for an unusual degree of patience that allowed us to finally conclude this agreement” said Mayor of Brno Petr Vokřál.

This year’s race takes place on 21 August, the week after the inaugural Austrian round.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer