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MotoGP secures future of key Czech race

The MotoGP motorcycling world championship has secured the future of one of its key races after it was confirmed that the Czech city of Brno will continue to stage its annual event until 2020.

Financial troubles had last year cast doubt over whether Brno would be able to continue hosting races at its 3.3-mile circuit. However in August, MotoGP’s commercial rights holder, Dorna Sports, confirmed it had reached an initial agreement with the Czech authorities and the local Moravian government to ensure the race’s future.

Negotiations between the three parties led to the formation of a new body, which would act as the event’s promoter. The renewal of Brno’s association with the MotoGP was officially confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) after an agreement was signed by Dorna Sports chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta, Mayor of Brno Petr Vokřál and President of the South Moravian region Michal Hašek.

This year’s race at the iconic circuit is scheduled to take place on August 21. “The signing of this agreement is one of the most important acts as far as the MotoGP World Championship is concerned,” Ezpeleta said. “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.”

Vokřál added, according to the Autosport website: “A year ago, not only was it hazy outside but the future arrangement of (the) grand prix was hazy as well. I am glad that we have found a way to arrange MotoGP in Brno. The breakpoint was last year’s agreement to establish the association, which would have public support.”

Brno has staged a MotoGP event every year since 1987, with the exception of 1992. The 2016 season gets underway in Qatar on March 20.