There Won’t be Five MotoGP Rounds in Iberia – Dorna

There will not be five MotoGP rounds in Iberia in the future, said Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

The Iberian peninsula consists of Spain and Portugal. As it currently stands, they have the highest number of MotoGP rounds of any region. They are:

  • Portugese Grand Prix at the Alrgarve International Circuit.
  • Spanish Grand Prix at the Angel Nieto Jerez Circuit.
  • Catalunya Grand Prix at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.
  • Aragon Grand Prix at Motorland Aragon.
  • Valencia Grand Prix at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Spain has four GPs, in addition to three test sessions year round. Such monopoly by a single country has fans questioning the need and reasons.

However, in light of Liberty Media’s purchase and the new owner of MotoGP from 2025, there will be a shakeup in the championship’s schedule. It is because the company is aiming for more than one Grand Prix in the United States.

The United States is an important calendar as the country is a major motorcycle market, plus it is the sole representative of both the American continents after Argentina’s withdrawal.

On the other hand, the calendar is already nearly at its maximum of 22 possible rounds. This means certain venues will need to make way for one or two additional American rounds. As such, the ready candidates would be those in the Iberian peninsula, or more specifically, Spain in order to retain the Portugese GP.

This was confirmed by Ezpeleta when asked by, ‘Definitely, but not until 2027. We cannot have more than 22 Grand Prix per season and certainly in the future, there will not be five in the Iberian Peninsula’.

Apart from Spain, Italy is the other country to host more than one GP per year, namely the Italian GP at Mugello and San Marino GP at Misano.

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