One of the four Spanish circuits on the 2011 MotoGP calendar will be around for the next five years. On Wednesday, the Circuit de Catalunya renewed its contract with Dorna Sports, the promoter of MotoGP, for years 2012-2015.
Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna Sports CEO) says: "I am pleased that the Circuit de Catalunya remains part of the history and the future of MotoGP, providing a modern facility that has for 20 years had a presence in the highest discipline of motorcycle racing.
"This circuit has hosted a non-stop schedule of racing since Dorna has been organising the World Championship, providing a very professional team that has won several awards for its work. The entire Dorna family is proud to continue working with the Circuit de Catalunya, from both a business and personal standpoint."
Salvador Servia (General Director of the Circuit de Catalunya): "It is a pleasure to approve an agreement that allows an annual race that generates an economic impact of 30,000,000 Euros for the entire area surrounding the Circuit.
"Now it's time to work to publicize this agreement within the business and economic environment of the country in order to maximize its benefits, and share this opportunity on a worldwide scale through its promotion."
At the 2011 Catalunya MotoGP event June 5, 81,838 fans showed up, with 146,718 attending throughout the weekend. Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner beat out home-favorite Jorge Lorenzo, who took second aboard the Yamaha Factory Racing M1. Finishing third was Lorenzo's teammate Ben Spies.
The Circuit de Catalunya has hosted a MotoGP race since 1992, first as the European Grand Prix and later (1994) as the Gran Premi de Catalunya. The circuit is currently one of our on the MotoGP schedule, including Jerez, Aragon and Valencia.
Pics from 2011 MotoGP event