MotoGP: Sachsenring remains on the MotoGP calendar until at least 2026
Dorna Sports and the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) have confirmed that the Sachsenring will remain the home of the German Grand Prix for the next five seasons.
The classic German track, located near Hohenstein-Ernstthal, will remain on the MotoGP calendar until at least the 2026 season following the new agreement between the two parties.
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The Sachsenring has hosted the German round of the championship since 1998, when it took over from the Nürburgring. Each year, roughly 200,000 fans flock to the circuit to watch MotoGP. The circuit has been a mainstay on the calendar, apart from 2020 when the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We are very proud to announce the Sachsenring will remain part of the MotoGP calendar for a further five years," Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said. "The German Grand Prix is a huge event for motorsport in the area, region and country, and Germany has a long and rich history within motorcycle racing.
"It’s a vital stop on our calendar and we’re delighted to secure the future of the event, returning to the unique Sachsenring until at least 2026."
Since 2013 Marc Marquez has won every single premier class race at the Sachsenring circuit. The Spaniard also won the 2010 125cc race, as well as the 2011 and 2012 Moto2 events.
Valentino Rossi has four premier class victories at the circuit (2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009), whilst Dani Pedrosa has also stood on the top step of the podium on four occasions (2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012). Max Biaggi won the 2001 and 2004 races.
Five-time 500cc world champion Mich Doohan won the inaugural event at the Sachsenring in 1998, whilst Kenny Roberts Jr. (1999), Alex Barros (2000), Sete Gibernau (2003) and Casey Stoner (2008) are also former victors.
"In these difficult times, it was important for us to lay the foundations for this in good time, and to give the Sachsenring – a Mecca for motorcycles – a long-term prospect," ADAC Sport President, Hermann Tomczyk added. "MotoGP at the Sachsenring has been a highlight of the season for motorcycle fans for a long time and is an established major event on the sporting calendar in Germany."
The 2021 German GP will take place on June 20 and will be held behind closed doors due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.