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MotorLand Aragon gears up for 2016 race with MotoGP contract extension

The MotoGP motorcycling championship has sealed its latest race extension with one of its four Spanish venues after signing a contract ensuring that MotorLand Aragon will remain on the calendar until the end of the 2021 season.

Dorna Sports, the agency that operates and promotes MotoGP, signed the new deal with the circuit located in northeastern Spain ahead of the 2016 Aragon Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend.

The signing of the new contract was followed by presentation of the award for best grand prix in 2015 – an honour the Aragon venue has won three times in the past six years. Dorna said the circuit took the honour due to its “exceptional” paddock, facilities and organisation.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, said: “From the start of working together it has been special and for me it’s a great pleasure to sign another contract to extend MotoGP at MotorLand – until 2021.”

Earlier this week, Valencia retained its hosting rights to the final round of the MotoGP season after a new five-year contract was agreed. The deal between the Generalitat of the Comunitat Valenciana and Dorna Sports means Circuit Ricardo Tormo will retain its place on the calendar through to the end of the 2021 campaign.

Spain is a key market for MotoGP, which stages two other annual events in Jerez and Barcelona. The Aragon and Valencia agreements continues a busy year for Dorna, which has already locked down race extensions with organisers of events in the Czech Republic, Argentina, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy (San Marino).