MotoGP will continue to race at Misano and the Sachsenring after extending contracts with both circuits. Both the San Marino and German GPs were included on the provisional 2019 calendar released earlier this week and today’s announcement has ended speculation surrounding the venue of the German race, while Misano’s spot has been extended for a further three years.
Already a hugely popular round due to its close proximity to the home of Valentino Rossi, Misano will now host Grand Prix motorcycle racing until at least 2021 and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has welcomed the news.
“I’m delighted that Misano will remain a fixture on the calendar until 2021.We’re very proud of this event and it’s always one of the most incredible atmospheres of the year, so to confirm that we will continue racing here until 2021 is a pleasure. It’s a true classic on our calendar. Today is an important day for us in Dorna, as well as for a Grand Prix that has taken on extraordinary dimensions thanks to the efforts of the promoters and the incredible passion the area has for our sport.”
The Sachsenring’s place on the calendar had come into question following recent speculation of a switch to the Nürburgring but that move has been put on the backburner, for now at least. Although today’s news doesn’t clear up the future destination of the German Grand Prix beyond 2019, ADAC Sport President Hermann Tomczyk feels a significant step has been taken.
“Securing the German Motorcycle Grand Prix is a matter of the heart for us. We are delighted that, in partnership with ADAC Sachsen, the Grand Prix can take place at the Sachsenring next year and that together with ADAC Sachsen we can start into a new era. In ADAC Sachsen we have a strong and reliable partner who has extensive experience in hosting motor sport events at the Sachsenring. Together with Dorna Sports, we have agreed that the Grand Prix will continue to be held at the Sachsenring. We have always strongly believed that the Sachsenring is the best race track for a Motorcycle Grand Prix in Germany, so we took the event to Saxony more than 20 years ago.”