New circuit lined up to host Hungary’s MotoGP return

Franco Morbidelli of Italy and the Petronas Yamaha SRT competes during the race of the MotoGP of Malaysia (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images for Petronas)

The MotoGP motorcycle-racing series has today (Wednesday) signed a preliminary agreement to add a Hungarian race to its calendar from 2022, with a new circuit to stage any future events.

MotoGP’s commercial rights-holder Dorna Sports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hungarian government that would result in five grands prix being held in the country from 2022 to 2026. The MoU is subject to the promoter’s contract being signed before the end of next February.

Hungary has not hosted a MotoGP event since 1992. In 2010, there were plans to stage a grand prix at a proposed new circuit in Sávoly but the track was never finished amid financial problems.

MotoGP said the host venue for the grand prix would be a new circuit that is likely to be in the east of the country.

The announcement comes after László Palkovics, Hungary’s Minister for Innovation and Technology, recently presented plans to Parliament. A final decision on the location for the MotoGP event and venue is expected early next year.

Palkovics said: “I am very happy to announce MotoGP is set to return to Hungary. Soon, a strategy for the development of Hungarian motorsports will be submitted to the government; this strategy will include numerous objectives and measures, and – in addition to success in the sport and its impact on tourism – it is also needed because the industry has a dominant impact on the success of the Hungarian economy.

“The key areas of intervention are the development of Hungaroring and the domestic sports infrastructure, in which a new circuit and MotoGP event will play a key role.”

Dorna Sports chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta added: “I am very proud to be able to announce negotiations for another addition to the future MotoGP calendar and continue to see our sport grow and develop across the world. A new race – and circuit – in Hungary is an exciting prospect for us all and brings MotoGP back to a country with a great tradition in racing in which we’re excited to see MotoGP play a key role going forward.”