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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-09-01 00:14
The MotoGP World Championship will visit Hungary again from 2023. This has been announced by Dorna, whose CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, yesterday sealed an agreement in Budapest that ensures the creation of a new circuit and the launch of the MotoGP Hungarian Grand Prix already in the 2023 season, within two years.
The circuit will be in Debrecen, the second most populous city in the country, and works will begin in the second quarter of this year. Hungary to return to the MotoGP calendar for the first time since 1992, when the Hungaroring circuit hosted the last Hungarian Grand Prix so far.
The new circuit will be built in Debrecen, the second largest city in the country
Dorna and the Hungarian government already reached an agreement years ago that ensured that there would be a Hungarian Grand Prix of MotoGP before 2026, but it seemed that the pandemic could put a stop to the plans. It has not been like that, and there is already a specific year for the Magyar country to return to the motorcycle world championship: it will be in 2023.
"This is finally coming true. We are very happy because in Hungary there is a lot of passion for this sport. They will start coming to our Talent Cups and our paddock. Our wish is to bring the best to the circuit, but also to have the possibility of more Hungarian riders in the future, "says Ezpeleta.
The CEO of Dorna concludes by explaining that from the beginning we have been in contact with the people who are creating the project and I was in the region two years ago. What is happening there is very special. The FIM is following the homologation work and I believe that the circuit will be one of the best in the world".
A strong promoter of the project has been Gábor Talmácsi, the former world championship rider and 125 cc world champion in 2007 with Aprilia. Talmácsi came to ride half a season in MotoGP with a Scot Racing Team Honda and says he is "very excited and proud" that the World Championship is going to visit Hungary.
The Hungarian government is one of the most controversial in Europe, but that has not prevented Ezpeleta from meeting with László Palkovics, the Minister of Innovation and National Technology, to seal the agreement with József Pacza, the CEO of the company that will be in charge of organizing the event. We will see if they have better luck than Finland, which has not been able to enter for years.
Hungary is a regular country on the Formula 1 calendar, but in MotoGP he has only had two appearances. In 1990 it was released with victories for Mick Doohan, John Kocinski and Loris Capirossi, while the second and last edition was in 1992 and won by Eddie Lawson, Luca Cadalora and Alessandro Gramigni.
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