The Motoland Aragon circuit will become the reserve venue for the MotoGP World Championship over the next five years, it has been confirmed.
The Spanish circuit was placed on the reserve list for 2010 but has since been promoted to hosting the 14th round of the season as a replacement for the canned Balatonring event in Hungary.
Despite this, Motorland Aragon will continue to be 'in reserve' for another five years following an agreement between the circuit and Dorna Sports.
“The signing of this contract will bring international recognition for Motorland, and makes clear the fact that we have one of the best circuits in the world,” said Marcelino Iglesias, President of Aragon. “It is an extraordinary development for Aragon and promotes it on a world class stage. Projects such as ExpoZaragoza have displayed our organisational capacity, and we hope to demonstrate this in September.”
Explaining his reasons behind inviting the circuit onto the calendar, Dorna's Carmelo Ezpeleta says he was impressed by the high standards displayed by the venue.
“The intention of Dorna is to constantly innovate and improve. It's for this reason that when we put in place a reserve circuit we had something new, and which could make a strategic commitment to maintaining the quality of the World Championship.
“The selection of Motorland was for various reasons, one of which was that it was the only circuit that had a standard of quality which could stand in at any moment from April to October, one of the requirements of the World Championship.
“This has led us to sign an agreement for five years, and in the first year there is already the task of organising a race, which is not a concern because the circuit is led by people with experience in organising a Grand Prix.”
The Aragon Grand Prix will be held on September 19th and will be the third of four grands prix to be held in Spain this year.
The circuit was only inaugurated in 2009, while its international hosting duties have been limited to the final round of the World Series by Renault.