Soon... Saudi Arabia will host the MotoGP World Championship

Soon… Saudi Arabia will host the MotoGP World Championship

The event is watched by 800 million viewers and is televised to 200 countries

The Saudi Ministry of Sports and Dorna, the owner of the commercial rights to the World Motorcycle Championships, announced yesterday (Monday) the signing of a memorandum of understanding to hold a race in Saudi Arabia in the future.

The company said that the Saudi Grand Prix will be held in the future in a newly built multi-purpose circuit, without specifying the location.

It was signed yesterday (Monday) in Greater San Marino by Prince Khaled bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation and the Saudi Motorsports Company, and Carmelo Ispeleta, CEO of Dorna.

According to the website of the rights-owning company Dorna, the global motorcycle event is watched by more than 800 million people, as it is broadcast live to more than 200 countries around the world, and will witness the addition of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the calendar on an annual basis, which leads to the expansion of sports In the Middle East, Qatar is currently hosting the only tour in the region.

“Adding a tour in Saudi Arabia to the schedule of the World Championships on an annual basis will develop and expand the base of sports in the Middle East,” she added in a statement.

Dorna said that this partnership will also provide a new program to develop the promising talents of young drivers in Saudi Arabia, with the aim of preparing future champions.

The statement did not specify the date or circuit that will host the grand prix.

Part of a meeting attended by the two parties to sign the agreement yesterday (Ministry of Sports website)

MotoGP explained that the tour will take place on a newly built circuit approved by the International Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.

For his part, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports, said: “I was pleased to attend the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two Saudi motorsports companies and (Dorna Sport), the owner of the rights to the MotoGP World Championship,” adding: “We look forward to organizing the best motorcycle races in the world in Saudi Arabia, and I was also pleased to meet a number of officials in the Republic of San Marino on the sidelines of the global race.”

Saudi Arabia debuted in the Formula 1 world championship last December, as part of a 15-year deal. The country also hosts the annual Dakar Rally and the Formula E World Championship for electric cars.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, said: “The region is a major market for motorsports, and the demand in the Kingdom for such events is increasing with research showing that 80% of sports fans in Saudi Arabia want to hold more events in the Kingdom. their country.”

He continued, “The signing of the MoU symbolizes our shared intention to explore this opportunity further. We are confident that we will find an exciting and welcoming new home in the Kingdom, and we look forward to further collaboration with Saudi Motorsports to realize this shared ambition.”

Saudi Arabia is experiencing tremendous growth in hosting motorsports; The month of December witnessed the appearance of “Formula 1” for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia, when one of the Formula 1 World Championship rounds hosted the 2021 Saudi Grand Prix at the all-new Jeddah Corniche circuit, which became the longest and fastest street circuit in the world, before it was… Saudi Arabia will host the second round again this year.

The arrival of the pinnacle of motorsport comes after the resounding success of hosting several major motorsport series over the past few years, such as the Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix since 2018, the world’s most famous Dakar Rally since 2020, and a groundbreaking tour of the Desert X Prix. For the “Extreme E” series, in addition to the World Cup for Desert Rally Championships, the Hail Rally, and the Eastern Rally. These major events are directly in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030; Each has long-term engagements that have helped Saudi Arabia develop a portfolio of events unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Prince Khaled bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal signs the presentation board at the company’s headquarters in San Marino (Middle East)

And in order to keep pace with the global events hosted by Saudi Arabia in motorsports, the Saudi Motorsports Federation announced, last November, the launch of the Saudi Motorsports Company, the new and dedicated commercial entity established with the aim of integrating all motorsports events under one umbrella. .

According to the Automobile and Motorcycle Federation at the time, the company will become the first public authority in Saudi Arabia dedicated to promoting motorsport at the national level.

The Saudi Motorsports Federation played a prominent role in driving these successes, and with this rapid growth and the potential offered by motorsports in the Kingdom, the establishment of a dedicated commercial entity (the Saudi Motorsports Company) comes to serve as the local promoter of the growing range of motorsports events in Saudi Arabia.

The integration of all current and future motorsport events and series under the umbrella of the Saudi Motorsports Company will bring many benefits, such as improving operational efficiencies and achieving savings in production costs, allowing employee participation across events, in addition to commercial benefits such as rights packages and improving commercial revenues through a calendar Organizer of national motorsport events.

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