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MotoGP at Spa-Francorchamps?

"I want to get some big events like MotoGP. I recently spent a day in Madrid to discuss with the organisers"
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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anon7

January 12, 2017 9:55 AM

If there's one track on the F1 calendar I'd like to see in MotoGP, it would be this one. Probably the biggest obstacle to get this to happen will be barriers and run off areas.



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