Today MotoGP chiefs Dorna and the Circuit de Catalunya secured a deal to keep a World Championship event at the circuit for at least another 5 years, right up to 2016.
Carmelo Ezpeleta the CEO of Dorna Sports and Salvador ServiÃ the General Director of Circuit de Catalunya signed a contract confirming that the Circuit de Catalunya will continue to host the Gran Premi de Catalunya for the next five seasons.
Ezpeleta said of the deal, “I am pleased that the Circuit de Catalunya remains part of the history and the future of MotoGP, providing a modern facility that has for 20 years had a presence in the highest discipline of motorcycle racing. This circuit has hosted a non-stop schedule of racing since Dorna has been organising the World Championship, providing a very professional team that has won several awards for its work. The entire Dorna family is proud to continue working with the Circuit de Catalunya, from both a business and personal standpoint.”
ServiÃ added, “It is a pleasure to approve an agreement that allows an annual race that generates an economic impact of 30,000,000 Euros for the entire area surrounding the Circuit. Now it's time to work to publicise this agreement within the business and economic environment of the country in order to maximise its benefits, and share this opportunity on a worldwide scale through its promotion.”
This year, the Grand Prix de Catalunya saw over 80,000 spectators to the Circuit on Sunday, with a over 146,000 spectators attending over all three days. The Circuit de Catalunya has hosted a MotoGP race since 1992, first as the European Grand Prix and later (1994) as the Gran Premi de Catalunya.