Finland vying for MotoGP spot

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A new circuit currently under construction 100km from Helsinki in Finland is vying for a spot on the MotoGP calendar, according to press reports this week,

The KymiRing track, designed by Buckinghamshire-based firm Apex Circuit Design, has been constructed to FIM Grade A standard, meaning it is to a standard capable of hosting both World Superbikes and MotoGP.

And, in a step that may bring it closer to a spot on the Grand Prix calendar, initial inspections by Dorna Events Director Javier Alonso has apparently already been carried out.

The track, which has started construction but is currently paused for winter, is a 4.8km track with fifteen corners and a fast and technical layout.

Finland has a rich history in motorcycle racing, hosting a Grand Prix race from 1962 to 1982 at Imatra and Tampere, as well as hosting the TT Formula One series at Kouvola.

However, they may face stiff opposition to secure a spot on the calendar, with Indonesia also set to join the series in 2017 and a number of other countries also keen to secure a race in the coming years.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer