MotoGP will travel to Saudi Arabia to stage a Grand Prix
MotoGP is heading to Saudi Arabia, the race series’ second destination in the Middle East. The deal was signed earlier on September 5, 2022. Dorna announced on Monday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC) to host a race in the Middle Eastern country, another race in the region . after Qatar.
MotoGP has been traveling to the Middle East to race since 2004, in Qatar. The MOU will mark the second location in the region that hosts a Grand Prix race. It is no secret that the country is capable of building a world-class circuit and hosting world-class events since MotoGP is not the first top league to be held in the country. Formula 1, Formula E, Dakar and Extreme E already have events scheduled as part of the country’s motorsport programme.
A newly built multi-purpose circuit has yet to be approved by the International Motorcycling Federation and the International Automobile Federation. The Grand Prix still doesn’t have a specific date either.
The agreement also includes a motorsport development program for young Saudi drivers, in line with the Road to MotoGP framework.
HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al-Faisal: “We are delighted to confirm today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with DORNA which clearly defines our common goal of bringing MotoGP™ to Saudi Arabia. It makes perfect sense to add the greatest motorcycle racing series to our growing list of world-class racing events. We look forward to working with DORNA to fulfill our shared commitment to bring the pinnacle of two-wheel racing. in Saudi Arabia and to continue to provide more opportunities and initiatives to enrich the lives of all our residents. »
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “As the world’s premier two-wheeled circuit racing championship, we are delighted at this opportunity for MotoGP™ to expand its reach in the Middle East by adding an annual Grand Prix in Arabia. Arabia. is a key motorsport market and demand in the Kingdom for such events is growing with research showing that 80% of Saudi fans want to see more in their country. Saudi Arabia has shown its ability to organize major world motorsport events to the highest standards. The signing of the MoU codifies our common intention to further explore this opportunity. We are confident that we will find an exciting and welcoming new home in the Kingdom and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Saudi Motorsport Company to realize this shared ambition together.”