Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 17 Aug 2015
MotoGP will visit Brno in 2016 despite this year’s event nearly being cancelled at the eleventh hour because of funding issues.
The Brno circuit had failed to pay MotoGP’s rights holder, Dorna, the full sanctioning fee for the 2014 Czech GP following a disagreement between the circuit’s owner, Karel Abraham Snr, and the local authority over who would pay for and promote future events.
Not only did this threaten future MotoGP rounds at Brno, but the fate of this year’s event was also unknown just a month before it was due to take place.
Now, following a collaboration between the City of Brno and the Moravian (regional) government, an agreement has been reached with Dorna for Brno to feature on the calendar for at least the next five years.
As one of the most popular events on the calendar, both parties were keen to ensure a future for the Czech Grand Prix.
“The Czech GP is one of the highlights of the championship as it’s been on the calendar for 50 years and as we see this weekend again, it’s a very popular event,” said Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
“We are very happy to reach an agreement with the Czech authorities that will ensure the future of the Grand Prix in the Czech Republic for at least the next five years.”
The announcement means there is now likely to be 19 rounds in the 2016 MotoGP season, with an event at the Red Bull Ring in Austria set to join the schedule next summer. Given their geographical location, it is likely Austria and Brno will be run back-to-back.
The full 2016 calendar is expected to be released in the next month.