MotoGP will continue to race at Assen, the oldest venue on the world championship calendar, for at least the next ten years.

Assen is the only event to have been on the motorcycle grand prix line-up since the inaugural 1949 season. The original 16.54km circuit was used until 1954, then reduced to 7.7km in 1955, 6.1km in 1984 and finally 4.5km in 2006.

This year's race is the first to be held on a Sunday.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sport CEO declared: "It's a big pleasure for us, Assen has been present since the beginning in 1949. It's really fantastic and a big honour to renew with the circuit of Assen for the next ten years.

"As you know, normally we renew for five years but in this case due to the investments the circuit is ready to make to improve, they need the consistency and we've made the expectation. We're extremely happy to do this; it's an important announcement."

Arjan Bos, President of the Board St Circuit Drenthe added: "Of course we are very happy too, the cooperation of Dorna and the TT circuit has always been very good. To us it's important to have a longer duration in the contract, till 2026 is a long period but we want to invest in the next five, six, seven years almost 16 million Euros. We want to upgrade our stands, hospitality and safety. Very happy and proud with this ten year contract and thank you."



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