GP News: Czech GP Confirmed at Brno Until 2020, Local Authorities Help Fund the Race

Dorna and local authorities in Brno signed a MotoGP contract until 2020 1 photo
The financial troubles seem to have been overcome for the Grand Prix Ceske Republiky. A contract extension was agreed upon, so the Czech GP will remain at the Automotodrom Brno until 2020.
Dorna Sports reached an agreement with the other three parties involved in the racing event. Funding for the sanctioning fees will arrive from the Czech Grand Prix Association in Brno, a body created last year by the Statutory City of Brno and the South Moravian Region, as well as from the management of the circuit, via ticket sales.

The Mayor of Brno, Petr Vokral added, “A year ago, not only was it hazy outside but the future arrangement of Grand Prix was hazy as well. 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.”

Brno attracts the biggest crowds in the MotoGP calendar, but even so, it has been struggling with financial issues and funding

The 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 championship for the following years. This agreement deals with all the unresolved questions about the holding of races in the past,” Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said.

For 2016, the sanctioning fee is €3.65 mil ($3.95 mil) and will reach €4.6 mil ($4.8 mil) in 2020. With Brno drawing the biggest crowds in the entire MotoGP season, we can hope that the money-related problems are not a thing we'll be hearing about anytime soon.

Brno regularly attracts attendances over 240,000 and ticket prices range from €68-90 ($74-97) to €500 ($540) for the VIP T1 passes. Brno might also host WSBK events, especially as Karel Abraham, the son of the Circuit's, owner will race in the Superbike series this year, after a fruitless foray into the premier class and multiple injuries.
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