Preliminary agreement for Brazil MotoGP race

Rio Motorsports COO JR Pereira, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, Rio Motorsports Chairman and CEO Luiz Fernando Mendes de Almeida Jnr, and President of Rio Motorsports Luiz Fernando Mendes de Almeida Neto (L to R)

Brazil could return to the MotoGP calendar as soon as 2021 as per a preliminary agreement between the championship’s commercial rights holder and a Rio de Janeiro-based promoter.

A to-be-constructed circuit in Rio de Janeiro would host the reborn Brazilian Grand Prix under the contract signed by Dorna Sports and 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,” said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

“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.”

Rio Motorsports Chief Operating Officer JR Pereira added, “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.”

The Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix was held at the Jacarepagua circuit during the period 1995 to 2004, but the venue was demolished to make way for facilities for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Officially, Brazilian Grands Prix have been held at Goiania and current Formula 1 circuit Interlagos.

New Repsol Honda signing Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in Friday practice for this weekend’s Catalunya MotoGP onboard the #99 factory Ducati.

Qualifying starts tonight at 2210 AEST, straight after Free Practice 4.

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