The German round of MotoGP is to stay at the Sachsenring circuit until 2016. Dorna announced today that they had signed a five-year deal with the ADAC, who own the Sachsenring, to keep the race at the circuit. The race had been under threat earlier, after projected losses for the event meant that circuit feared not being able to afford the event.
Dorna's problem was that there are no real alternatives to the Sachsenring in Germany. Other available circuits like the Lausitzring were not considered suitable, while the Nurburgring in the west of Germany has simply never attracted the crowds that the Sachsenring draws. The Sachsenring track, near the East German city of Chemnitz, draws crowds of over 130,000 on race day, and the event is extremely popular with fans from all around Europe. With Stefan Bradl making an impressive debut in MotoGP, and with the German market being very important to Dorna, the event had to continue, and the Sachsenring was the best place for the race to be staged. Rumors at Assen suggest that Spanish teams are starting to look to tourism as their best chance of finding sponsorship, and that means giving Spanish tourist destinations high visibility in Northern Europe, where most of their visitors come from. A German round of MotoGP is a key part of that strategy.
Below is the official press release from Dorna:
Dorna Sports and ADAC e.V. agree on a long-term extension of their partnership
For another five years, at least until the end of 2016, the German Motorcycle Grand Prix will be staged at the Sachsenring (Saxonia Circuit). ADAC in Munich and motorcycle world championship promoter Dorna Sports signed a respective contract, stating that the Sachsenring Management GmbH (Ltd.) will be the organizer whilst, in 2012, the ADAC Saxonia will be responsible for the sporting issues.
“Over the past 10 years, the Sachsenring has become Germany’s mecca of motorbike racing, and the circuit will maintain this reputation in the future, thanks to our new contract. The Sachsenring Management GmbH will be a reliable and committed partner,” ADAC Sport President Hermann Tomczyk said. He continued: “This is certainly good news not only for Sachsenring’s friends and the fans of motorbike racing in Germany, but also for the people and the entire economic region.”
Saxony’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich was very enthusiastic about the decision: “Nobody can imagine the Sachsenring without a Motorcycle Grand Prix. The ADAC’s strategic decision is a great acknowledgement for the entire region. In sporting and economic terms, the race means stimulation and attracts new visitors to Saxonia again and again. We will be excellent hosts and offer a lot of other activities to the fans in addition the races. It was the explicit aim of Saxony’s administration that the motorcycle grand prix remained at the Sachsenring, and this will be our target also in the future.”
Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “MotoGP is extremely happy with the new agreement reached with ADAC. We think that Sachsering is the best-equipped circuit to host the German GP in the future. We also welcome the opportunities the parties involved have given us to reach so many fans of two-wheel racing. This deal is very much in the interest of motorcycling. And this year, Germany’s passionate racing fans can see current Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl race in the MotoGP category, where he is currently achieving great results despite it being his first season in the premier-class category.“
This year’s race from 6 to 8 July, 2012 will be the 15th consecutive German motorbike Grand Prix held at the circuit near the city of Chemnitz. On average, more than 210,000 spectators have attended the motorcycle world championship races at the Sachsenring over the past 10 years. Thus, the grand prix is one of the most popular sport events in Germany.
2012 is the first year that will see German riders with good prospects in all three categories – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 – who will be headed by Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl. Among the supporters during the races on 8 July will be ADAC Sport President Hermann Tomczyk and Saxonia’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich.