The legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit is studying the possibility of a return to the MotoGP calendar.

Spa hosted the Belgian motorcycle grand prix from 1949 to 1990 and new circuit director Nathalie Maillet revealed preliminary talks have taken place over a future event for the modern MotoGP four-strokes.

"I want to get some big events like MotoGP. I recently spent a day in Madrid to discuss with the MotoGP organisers [Dorna]," Maillet told DH.be. "Bradley Smith rode a 500cc bike last summer at Spa.

"I am going to study the amenities needed to welcome back bikes - organising both Formula 1 and MotoGP - more deeply this year. Notably the level of profitability and economic return for the region.

"It [MotoGP] would not be until 2020. I am aiming for the long term."

Former grand prix racer Didier De Radigues, who won his home 250cc round at Spa in 1990, added:

"If the project succeeds, it would be just fantastic! The Spa layout contrasts with the other sanitised circuits of today, most of which are created by the same designers.

"For a motorcycle rider, Spa is one of the circuits which gives the most pleasure. It would quickly forge a special place in the calendar and become as mythical as for Formula 1.

"On the straight following Raidillon the riders would probably reach a maximum speed approaching 350km/h, as at Mugello or Sepang for example, but it is the long fast corners that would make Spa so special."

But he also warned: "2020 seems to me very optimistic..."

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