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Jerez expects to stay for 2013

“Carmelo Ezpeleta has just confirmed that Jerez will host a Grand Prix in 2013.”
Jerez, venue for the forthcoming Spanish MotoGP round, has announced that it will keep its place on the 2013 motorcycle grand prix calendar.

The popular venue has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix since 1987 and is traditionally the first European event of the year. However the 2012 event was thrown into doubt due to financial issues.

A single-year deal for this season was finally agreed in late December, with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta adding: "We'll now look ahead to the future of the event and focus on working together to reach an agreement up until 2016."

Such a long-term agreement is yet to be reached, but a Monday posting on the official Jerez Twitter account reads: "Carmelo Ezpeleta has just confirmed that Jerez will host a Grand Prix in 2013."

Jerez is one of four MotoGPs currently held in Spain, alongside Catalunya, Aragon and Valencia.

The other three venues already have contracts until 2016, but the financial situation in Spain - and competition from new venues outside of Europe - means that at least one of those rounds is expected to depart well before its expiry date. Presently, Valencia appears the most vulnerable.

Aside from Jerez, the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril - which has faced similar financial troubles and was the last venue to be confirmed for this season - also has a contract that expires in 2012. It is thought unlikely that an extension will be signed.

New tracks in Argentina and Texas are due to join the MotoGP calendar in 2013, while India is also expected to make its debut.

The 2012 Spanish Grand Prix will be held at Jerez from April 27-29.

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8=> - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 9:23 PM

There's so many big markets in Asia which are begging to be exploited and they've got 4 races in Spain. I don't get it. They need to start the season a month earlier, increase the number of rounds to 20 and add more races in Asia/Oceania and the Americas.

Dan - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 9:46 AM

Get rid of Aragon. Catalunya, Jerez and the finale in Valencia are 3 of the best races on the calendar and proper old school circuits. I'm fed up of all these new "sanitised" circuits with no atmosphere. I've been to the Valencia GP 3 times and plan to go again as it's one of the best atmospheres you can ever experience. From the fireworks after each race to everybody grabbing fresh oranges :)

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