Dorna Sports has announced the signing of a preliminary agreement with Rio Motorsports, putting initial plans in place for a new event to join the MotoGP calendar from 2021: the Brazilian GP.
The host venue for the event would be a new track constructed in the bustling metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most famous and vibrant cities in the Americas. If homologated, the circuit would then potentially would join the MotoGP calendar as early as 2021 – bringing the world’s fastest motorcycle racing championship back to Brazil.
“People from Rio have always received MotoGP events with great enthusiasm. We are pleased with Dorna’s serious interest in going back to Brazil and their trust in promoting the race at the racetrack we hope will be built in the city. Rio de Janeiro has a vocation to receive major motorsports events, with the same level of expertise shown with major sport and cultural events held in the city,” commented JR Pereira, COO, Rio Motorsports.
“We would be thrilled to see MotoGP return to Brazil and this memorandum of understanding is fantastic news for the Championship and South American fans,” says Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “We have a truly global sport, paddock and grid and to add another country to our calendar – especially one such as Brazil – is always something to aspire to. It would be a pleasure for MotoGP to race in a country and continent known for its passion and incredible atmosphere.”
Based in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Motorsport is a company whose focus is to invest and develop Brazilian motorsports. With local and international investors, it has the primary purpose of building and exploring new racetracks in Brazil, taking part in public calls in Rio de Janeiro. Developing a new racetrack with international standards to replace Jacarepagua racetrack is a commitment made by Brazilian authorities before the IOC (International Olympic Committee) as the former racetrack was dismantled to become an Olympic Park for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Jacarepagua track held MotoGP events between 1995 and 2004.