MotoGP and Red Bull Ring pen five-year race contract extension

Third contract signed by Dorna with circuit since return to schedule in 2016 keeps series at venue until 2030.
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MotoGP has confirmed the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, will continue to host the championship until the 2030 season.

Contract:

  • Five-year extension secured ahead of the contract expiring at the end of next year
  • Red Bull Ring returned to the MotoGP schedule in 2016 after 19 years

Context:

MotoGP raced in Austria between 1971 and 1997, but the race was scrapped due to struggles with attendances. It was predominantly held at the Salzburgring, before switching to the Red Bull Ring – then called the A1-Ring – for its final two years as part of the schedule.

The Red Bull Ring then returned to the MotoGP calendar for the 2016 season on a five-year deal, before being rewarded with a five-year extension in 2019 until at least the end of next year. That makes this new contract the third five-year deal signed between Dorna, commercial rights holder of MotoGP, and the circuit organisers in Austria.

Comment:

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna, said: “Not only is it one of the world’s most beautiful racetracks, it also delivers an incredible weekend for fans with fantastic facilities, great entertainment events, and spectacular racing. The Red Bull Ring has staged some of our most iconic modern moments since the track returned to the calendar.

“As the home track for KTM and part of Red Bull’s incredible commitment to motorsport, it’s also an important venue for many of our stakeholders and Austrian motorsport as a whole. We’re very happy to announce that we’ll be returning until 2030 and look forward to many more years working together.”

Coming next:

MotoGP now begins a three-week break from racing action following its round in Mugello. The series returns for the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen – the longest-serving circuit on the MotoGP calendar – from 28th to 30th June.

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