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Jerez to retain Spanish GP until 2016

A new agreement not only secures the Spanish Grand Prix, but will see the Andalusian region get significant advertising at other MotoGP events.
The Jerez de la Frontera circuit is set to remain on the MotoGP calendar for at least another five years after the local government agreed a new contract with Dorna Sports.

The venue had been faced with the threat of closure after its assets were frozen due to debts reportedly dating back to 2005.

However, according to Motocuatro.com, Luciano Alonso, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Commerce in the Andalucía area affirmed Jerez's role in attracting major investment and publicity from events such as the Spanish Grand Prix.

As such, a new agreement with Dorna – which will also see Andalucía tourism advertising feature at several rounds - is set to keep MotoGP at Jerez until 2016.

With the earlier announcement that Motorland Aragon has secured a more permanent slot on the calendar, Spain is set to now host four MotoGP rounds annually.

However, while Jerez is apparently safe, there are concerns that this year's Czech Republic Grand Prix will be the last after Brno Masaryk circuit recorded losses of 3.5 million Euros in 2010.

Though it is hoped the arrival of Karel Abraham in the MotoGP class – the first Czech rider to compete at the top level – will boost visitor numbers this season, GPOne.com quotes circuit president Ivana Ulmanova as saying even a cut in investment won't be enough to justify retaining the race.



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Oli - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 12:25 PM

Jerez and Brno are both institutions, part of the history and the core of GP racing. Like Mugello, Assen (sadly now ruined) or Donington (sadly no more). Maybe the recent races haven't been great, but who could forget Criville pipping Mighty Mick by 0.002 seconds, or Biaggi's monster wheelie, or Jamie Whitham setting the bales on fire. Besides, MotoGP has rarely produced a decent race since they went to 800s. There were plent of classics in the 990 era (Herez 2005, Estoril 2006 etc) so lets hope for more in 2012. It would be truly sad if Brno is not a part of it. What GP history does Magny Cours have? None.

Vipera

March 23, 2011 12:35 PM

Central Europe must have a round. There are a lot of visitors in the recent years in Brno. And, it is a real circuit, not a Tilke-made boring one. Jerez is one of the best track in the world, among Phillip Island, Mugello and Brands Hatch. Four Spanish rounds are too much, they should drop one for Argentina, or Austria, but not this Andalucian masterpiece.



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