Valencia set to remain home of MotoGP season finale

The Spanish city of Valencia is set to retain its hosting rights to the final round of the MotoGP season after a new five-year contract was announced today (Tuesday).

The deal between the Generalitat of the Comunitat Valenciana and Dorna Sports, the agency that operates and promotes MotoGP, means Circuit Ricardo Tormo will retain its place on the calendar through to the end of the 2021 campaign.

Valencia’s current contract was due to expire following this season’s event on November 11-13. It took over from the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the venue for the final race of the MotoGP season in 2002.

President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, said: “We are going to do everything possible to make the most of the Valencia GP and to assure the efficiency of how any public resources are used.”

Spain is a key market for MotoGP, which stages three other annual events in Jerez, Barcelona and Aragon. The Valencia agreement 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).

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, said: “The new agreement to return to (Valencia) is fantastic for the Championship, for the Comunitat Valenciana and for fans both in the region and worldwide, with the Circuit Ricardo Tormo always providing a unique and memorable event to end the season.”