Dorna Sports, the owner and promoter of motorcycling’s MotoGP, has announced that the Twin Ring Motegi circuit will continue to host the Japanese Grand Prix for a further five years.
The venue has been part of the elite global championship’s schedule since 1999, and its previous contract was due to expire to at the end of 2018. The renewal ensures that Motegi will continue to feature on the series’ race calendar until at least 2023.
The agreement extends a long-term partnership which first began in 1999, when Motegi replaced the Suzuka circuit as MotoGP’s sole Japanese venue. Motegi’s race was then rebranded as the Pacific Grand Prix
in 2000, when Suzuka returned to host the Japanese Grand Prix until 2004.
"We are delighted to announce this contract renewal with a place that is celebrating its 20th anniversary," said Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports. “The Twin Ring Motegi is the home track of Honda and the Japanese Grand Prix is the home Grand Prix for major manufacturers such as Yamaha and Suzuki, who are main players in MotoGP class; some of the most important at the pinnacle of the championship.”