Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 25 Jun 2015
MotoGP bosses have today made two announcements regarding changes to the world championship’s calendar, including the much-welcomed news that the 2015 Brno Grand Prix will go ahead.
The Czech Republic round had been placed in doubt after a financial battle between the circuit owner, Karel Abraham Snr, and the Brno local authority over who would pay for the race. With Dorna still owed most of the sanctioning fee for the 2014 event, and all of it for 2015, it looked unlikely the event would go ahead.
Having been unable to source the funding, the Automotodrom Brno had asked Dorna about the possibility of cancelling this year’s race. However, the Grand Prix series promoters do not believe this to be in anyone’s interest, especially that of the FIM, the teams and sponsors so will allow it to go ahead.
Although, if no financial solution is reached by August 16th this year for the funding of future Grand Prix races in Brno, the event will no longer take place from 2016 onwards.
In other news, the traditional Assen Saturday race day will be scrapped for 2016 with all racing action set to move to Sunday to bring the event in line with other Grand Prix.
The move has been on the cards for a couple of years and it is hoped it will increase spectator numbers by 10 or 15 per cent.
Racing at the Dutch TT has been on a Saturday since the event’s inception in 1925. While it was initially intended to take place on Sunday, however the locals, who didn’t want the racing to interrupt their Sunday Church services, objected to this.