Dorna Sports, the owner and promoter of motorcycling’s MotoGP, has announced that Finland will be added to the series’ race calendar from 2019.
A five-year contract has been agreed with the owners of the under-construction Kymi Ring in Iitti, which will see a Finnish Grand Prix staged annually at the circuit until 2023.
The agreement will see a MotoGP race return to Finland for the first time since 1982, when an event was hosted by the Imatra Circuit.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, said: “It’s a big pleasure to announce the agreement we have with the Kymi Ring and the works are now underway. We will propose to the Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM) to have Finland on 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.
“Finland has been a traditional place for motorsport. Finnish people understand motorsport very well and I think the Kymi Ring will be hosting incredible events in the future. The layout of the circuit is very nice, it’s fast and it’s safe, and we’re very happy to announce this today.”
Kari Sohlberg, chairman of the board of directors of the Kymi Ring, added: “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 Finnish motorsport but on the whole of Finland.
“Good reputation, the Imatra Grand Prix and legendary drivers and riders in addition to long term personal relationships have for sure been major factors when Dorna Sports made this decision to bring back the Finnish GP.”