MotoGP signs agreement with Finland for 2018 race

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MotoGP signs agreement with Finland for 2018 race
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Jul 17, 2016, 9:31 AM

MotoGP is poised to visit Finland in 2018, after promoter Dorna Sports signed an agreement with the under-construction Kymi Ring track.

It will be the first time that Grand Prix motorcycle racing will have visited the Nordic country since 1982, which marked the championship's last race at the Imatra track.

The new Kymi Ring facility is located near the town of Kausala, and is designed by Wurz Design's Test & Training company. The original design for the track (pictured above), measured 4.8km in length and featured 15 turns, although the final layout could differ.

Plans for the track were first unveiled last year, with a view to a place on the MotoGP calendar in 2017, but a deal to join the schedule in 2018 has now been confirmed, subject for the track being homologated.

German GP future secure

Meanwhile, Dorna has also announced that the German Grand Prix will remain on the MotoGP schedule until the 2021 season, albeit with the exact venue not yet confirmed.

German governing body ADAC however is hopeful that a deal can be struck to keep the race at the Sachsenring, which has played host to the event since 1998.

ADAC sports president Hermann Tomczyk said: "We are already on the home straight in our negotiations with the Sachsenring to serve as the venue for the next five years.

"We hope to get the thumbs-up from our partners in Saxony by mid-August at the latest.”

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta added: “We and the ADAC will be making a joint announcement in the next few weeks concerning the venue for the German MotoGP round.”

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