Finland will be hosting a MotoGP Grand Prix annually between 2019 and 2023. The timing was confirmed today by the management of Dorna Sports, the promoter of the FIM MotoGP world championship, during their visit to the Finnish track.
Finland has a five-year contract to hold the MotoGP Grand Prix. The race will be staged in Iitti at KymiRing motorsports venue, which is currently under construction. According to Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, it is a pleasure to have Finland back to the GP calendar.
“We will propose to the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) to have Finland in the MotoGP calendar for 2019. This is a great day as it´s so many years since the Imatra GP was organized here in Finland and we are very proud to announce this new venue today”, Ezpeleta says.
“Finland has been traditional place for motorsport. It has had number of fantastic riders in MotoGP in the past. I remember Jarno Saarinen and more recently Mika Kallio and many other riders. Finnish people understand motorsport very well and I think KymiRing will be hosting incredible events in the future. The layout of the circuit is very nice, it´s fast and it´s safe.”
Kari O. Sohlberg the chairman of the board of the directors of KymiRing comments the Finnish GP as follows:
”MotoGP is one of the most popular sports in the world. The five-year contract made with Dorna Sports has significant impact not only on the Finnish motorsport but on whole Finland”, Sohlberg highlights.
“Finland has a good reputation as an organizer of big international events. Good example from the sporting side is the WRC Finland, Neste Rally held last weekend. Good reputation, the Imatra GP and legendary drivers and riders with addition to long term personal relationships have for sure been major facts when Dorna Sports has made the decision to bring back the Finnish GP”, Sohlberg adds.
The GP of Finland will be organized together by International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), Dorna Sports, KymiRing Events and Finnish Motorcycling Federation (SML).
Approximately 100,000 spectators from all around the world are expected to attend the Grand Prix in Finland. During the 2016 season, as many as 369 million spectators in 207 different countries watched the different MotoGP Grand Prix events on TV. Through Facebook alone, the MotoGP series reached 4,5 billion people in 2016. Furthermore, the website of the series was visited 235 million times last year. This means that hosting a MotoGP World Championship race will bring Finland much valuable visibility on TV and in social media. The event is expected to have considerable economic effects on the whole of Southern Finland.
The MotoGP World Championship is divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. Motorcycle Road Racing World Championships have been held since 1949. When the Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM) handed over the commercial and televising rights of the World Championship series to Dorna Sports in 1992, the series was renamed MotoGP. The MotoGP 2017 season consists of races at 18 circuits in 15 different countries in Europe, Asia, South and North America and Australia.
- Ignacio Sagnier, Director of Communications Department, Dorna Sports, ignaciosagnier(a)dorna.com
- Timo Pohjola, Project Manager, KymiRing, tel. +358 400 754 882