Circuit of Wales signs five-year deal to host MotoGP

Venue estimated to bring in 750,000 visitors a year and generate £50 million for Welsh economy

A FIVE-YEAR deal has been signed with Dorna that will see the Circuit of Wales become home to the British MotoGP round.

The 2015 GP round will be held at ‘an alternative venue to be decided shortly’ whilst the £280 million Welsh circuit is built. However, Heads of the Valleys Development Company say they are hopeful it will be completed in time to host the remaining four years of the contract.

Michael Carrick, CEO of the Circuit of Wales, said: ‘Our agreement with Dorna is a significant landmark in the development of the Circuit of Wales,

‘MotoGP is the pinnacle of global motorcycle racing and expectations within the series and of its millions of fans worldwide are for a truly world class event at iconic and state-of-the art venues.

‘We look forward to meeting those expectations when we welcome MotoGP to Wales from 2016 and we are now working closely with Dorna and the FIM, MotoGP's governing body, with regard to the 2015 British round of the MotoGP World Championship.’

Once completed, it has been estimated the circuit will bring in 750,000 visitors a year and help generate around £50 million a year for the Welsh economy. The track will host international motocross and karting events and have off-road driving facilities.