Brno to feature on 2016 MotoGP calendar

It has been confirmed that the Czech Republic Grand Prix will take place at Brno following meetings between Dorna and the newly-established Czech Grand Prix Association. 

The race at Brno is one of the most popular on the calendar, and boasted last season’s biggest crowd with 138,752 fans turning out on race day. However, despite a five-year deal having been signed in August, the future of the race was uncertain when it was listed on the provisional 2016 calendar as ‘subject to contract’.

However, following a meeting between Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and members of the Czech Grand Prix Association, a deal has been struck which will see Brno remain on the calendar until 2020.

“A year ago, not only was it hazy outside but the future arrangement of Grand Prix was hazy as well,” Brno mayor Petr Vokral told reporters. “I am glad that we have found a way to arrange MotoGP in Brno. The breakpoint was the last year’s agreement to establish the Association, which would have public support.

“I would also like to thank Mr Ezpeleta for his extraordinary patience, which enabled the conclusion of the agreement. Now, it guarantees that Moto GP will be held in Brno for next 5 years.”

Ezpeleta added: “Signing of this agreement is one of the most important acts as far as the World Championship of Motorcycle Road Racing is concerned. It is very important for our company, which arranges those races, that the Brno Circuit is a part of the racing for the following years. This agreement deals with all the unresolved questions about the holding of races in the past years.”

MotoGP will head to Brno on August 21 in 2016, while the season will begin in Qatar on March 20.