Dorna Sports signs two-year MotoGP extension with Jerez

Spanish circuit to continue hosting global motorcycling series until 2025.

Dorna Sports has signed a two-year contract extension with the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto in Spain.

Confirmed:

  • Jerez to continue hosting MotoGP until 2025
  • Deal includes the option for World Superbikes to stage a Jerez event

Context: Jerez first hosted the global motorcycling series in 1987, before hosting it every year since 1989. The circuit’s facilities have been improved in recent years and, when tied to the recent 80,000 raceday attendance, it makes commercial sense for Dorna Sports to commit to the circuit.

Comment: Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, said: “It is hard to think of a Motorcycle World Championship without the Jerez track among its events. Since 1987 it has been the scene of great events and that link should not be broken. The will of the Andalusian Government is that Jerez is the fixed venue each year for the Spanish Grand Prix.”

Consequence: Arturo Bernal, the minister for tourism, culture and sport, revealed that Dorna Sports proposed a rotation of circuits for the Spanish Grand Prix, but Jerez secured exclusive rights to the title as part of this contract extension. MotoGP also visits the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia as part of its 2023 calendar, but this suggests the series is looking to reduce its Spanish visits in favour of expanding globally.

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