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Bulgaria to get MotoGP round

The Bulgarian Motorcycling Federation has signed a preliminary agreement with Dorna Sports to host a round of the MotoGP World Championship from 2012 to 2016.

The deal was signed in Sofia by Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and the president of the Bulgarian Motorcycle Federation Bogdan Nikolov, in the presence of the chairman of the Bulgarian Grand Prix Organizing Committee Rumen Petkov and the president of the Bulgarian State Agency for Youth and Sports Vessela Letcheva.

Following the press conference, an additional meeting was held between Ezpeleta and the Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev to further discuss the project.

“This is the first step in bringing MotoGP to Bulgaria, which is an exciting project for us,” said Ezpeleta. “The Bulgarian government demonstrated great interest in bringing a grand prix here and it will be an important development for us, having never staged a race here before. We are highly confident in Bulgaria's ability to host and organise grands prix efficiently and safely.”

The addition of Bulgaria, which could potentially expand the MotoGP calendar to 19 rounds, comes as something of a surprise given the recent attempts to reduce costs by slashing track time during both grand prix weekends and testing.

Hungary - separated from Bulgaria by Romania - is due to rejoin the motorcycle grand prix calendar this season, but doubts has been raised about whether the new Balatonring circuit will be ready in time.

The meeting in Sofia also saw the announcement that Bulgarian free-to-air national broadcasters BNT will show all MotoGP races live in 2009.

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The Great Uncle - Unregistered

February 28, 2009 6:34 PM

It seems a lot of you are anti Bulgaria. We have the finest craftsmen on the planet, the most scintillating scenery and every women you see in Sofia is has both supermodel looks AND is well up for it. Please, come enjoy our hospitality, watch the MotoGP race hear and lay back with a coke and a smile. Spark up a fat one - we are liberal. You will soon see that a land who can produce Hristo Stoichkov can put on the worlds most spectacular show, unlike you western european pandered plump fools and your ex-airfield crap.

The Great Uncle - Unregistered

March 02, 2009 5:31 PM

Robsee - thanks for the invite, but I will never leave Bulgaria. It is the land of plenty. Glad to hear that my countrymen are doing you and your company a service. As you are doing so well, I would like to invest. Are you floated on the London Stock Exchange - I have a very large pile of cash - circa £5 billion - which I accumulated from shorting all your banks which I wish to invest. May we both prosper from the fruits of fine Bulgarian labour.

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