The Finnish Grand Prix will join the MotoGP calendar in 2019 after Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta announced that the company have signed a five-year deal with the KymiRing circuit at a press conference today in Finland.
The circuit, which is in Iitti, is currently still under construction as it prepares to host the Grand Prix however it is expected to be completed by early 2018. The track is designed by former F1 driver Alex Wurz’s Test & Training company.
The spectacular KymiRing circuit is 4.8km track with 15 corners making it the most developed racing circuit in Northern Europe and the organizers expect around 100’000 spectators to attend the event. This will be a significant economic boost to the Southern Finland region.
“It’s a big pleasure to announce the agreement we have with KymiRing and the works are now underway,” said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. “We will propose to the 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 here in Finland and we are very proud to announce this new venue.”
The deal means the world championship will visit Finland for the first time since 1982, when it it hosted an event at the Imatra circuit.
“The five-year contract made with Dorna Sports has significant impact not only on Finnish motorsport but on the whole of Finland,” added KymiRing chairman Kari O. Sohlberg.
“Finland has a good reputation as an organiser of big international events. A good example from the sporting side is [WRC event] Rally Finland, held last weekend.
“Good reputation, the Imatra GP and legendary drivers and riders in 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.”