MotoGP to Race at Catalunya For Five More Years

motogp_catalunyaDorna Sports and the Circuit de Catalunya have agreed a contract renewal which will guarantee the presence of the Gran Premi de Catalunya on the MotoGP World Championship calendar for a further period of five years (2012-2016).

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, and Salvador Servià, General Director of the Circuit de Catalunya have signed a contract confirming that the Circuit de Catalunya will continue to host the Gran Premi de Catalunya for the next five seasons.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, stated: “I am pleased that the Circuit de Catalunya remains part of the history and the future of MotoGP, providing a modern facility that has for 20 years had a presence in the highest discipline of motorcycle racing. This circuit has hosted a non-stop schedule of racing since Dorna has been organising the World Championship, providing a very professional team that has won several awards for its work. The entire Dorna family is proud to continue working with the Circuit de Catalunya, from both a business and personal standpoint.”

Salvador Servià, General Director of the Circuit de Catalunya, commented: “It is a pleasure to approve an agreement that allows an annual race that generates an economic impact of 30,000,000 Euros for the entire area surrounding the Circuit. Now it’s time to work to publicise this agreement within the business and economic environment of the country in order to maximise its benefits, and share this opportunity on a worldwide scale through its promotion.”

This year, the MotoGP Gran Premi de Catalunya event brought 81,838 spectators to the Circuit on Sunday, with a total of 146,718 spectators attending over all three days of the Grand Prix. The Circuit de Catalunya has hosted a MotoGP race since 1992, first as the European Grand Prix and later (1994) as the Gran Premi de Catalunya.

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Race Direction Summons Simoncelli to “Draw Line” Under Le Mans Incident

marco_simoncelli_and_dani_pedrosaMarco Simoncelli met with race direction today on the eve of the Catalunya GP to discuss the incident that occurred in Le Mans. No further penalty was handed out as Race Direction just wanted to “draw a line” under the penalty to make sure that Simoncelli was aware of his mistake.

Here is the statement from the MotoGP Race Direction:

“The purpose of the meeting was to give all the parties the opportunity to discuss the incident at the French MotoGP in Le Mans that resulted in Marco Simoncelli being penalized with a ride through penalty and to draw a line under it.

“The Race Direction informed Simoncelli that they wished to ensure that he was aware of his mistake and to avoid any repetition in the future.

“Simoncelli responded that in the interval after the French Grand Prix he had had time for reflection and regretted the statements he had made in the heat of the moment immediately after the Grand Prix. He also recognized that he had made an error of judgment and stated that in future he would try to evaluate situations better and be a little more cautious.”

Simoncelli met with Race Director Paul Butler, FIM representative Claude Danis, Dorna Representative Javier Alonso, and IRTA Riders Safety delegate Franco Uncini. San Carlo Honda Gresini Team Principal Fausto Gresini was also present at the meeting.

The MotoGP riders will take to the track tomorrow for the first day of the Catalunya GP. Dani Pedrosa, who was injured in the crash in question, will not be partaking in his home Grand Prix. Pedrosa had surgery on his collarbone after the accident, and is not yet in racing condition.

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