Circuit of Wales Secures Long-Term Deal to Stage MotoGP Race

August 13, 2014

The MotoGP World Championship is set to head to Wales after the commercial rights holders, Dorna Sports S.L agreed a deal to host the British round at the Circuit of Wales.

The contract will begin in 2015 with a five-year deal with the option for further five year extension.

The Circuit of Wales near Ebbw Vale is currently under development. The £280 million project will develop a purpose-built hub for the multi-billion pound British motorsport industry around a state-of-the art track.

“Our agreement with Dorna is a significant landmark in the development of the Circuit of Wales,” said Michael Carrick, Chief Executive of the Circuit of Wales. “MotoGP is the pinnacle of global motorcycle racing and expectations within the series and of its millions of fans worldwide are for a truly world class event at iconic and state-of-the art venues. We look forward to meeting those expectations when we welcome MotoGP to Wales from 2016 and we are now working closely with Dorna and the FIM, MotoGP’s governing body, with regard to the 2015 British round of the MotoGP World Championship.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, the Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Sport S.L., commented: “We are excited to be working closely with the Circuit of Wales after being involved with the project for more than four years. The commitment to MotoGP is obviously a catalyst to a wide range of exciting projects aimed at contributing to the regeneration of the area, while we work together with MotoGP governing body the FIM in relation to the full homologation of the circuit.”

The first phase of the multi-purpose development will be the construction of an international specification motor racing circuit and world championship facilities, hotel, commercial and retail complexes. The facility is designed to host international motorsport events and will be a centre for motorsport-related industries.

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