Saudi Arabia positions itself to host a Grand Prix

Saudi Arabia could soon host one of the rounds of the MotoGP World Championship, according to a memorandum of understanding signed on Sunday and made public on Monday between MotoGP promoter Dorna and Saudi Arabia Motor Sports (SMC). .

“Dorna Sports and the Saudi Motors Company (SMC) have confirmed the signing of a memorandum of understanding outlining their joint intention to bring the premier class of motorcycling (speed) racing to the kingdom,” MotoGP reports in a press release. hurry.

“The addition of Saudi Arabia to the MotoGP calendar on an annual basis will see the discipline take on even greater momentum in the Middle East, with Qatar currently hosting the only event in the region”, continues MotoGP.

The press release does not indicate on what horizon or on what circuit the future Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia could take place.

MotoGP specifies however that the event will be scheduled on a newly built circuit and approved by the International Automobile (FIA) and Motorcycling (FIM) Federations. This circuit could be that of Qiddiya, named after a huge “entertainment city” under construction near Ryad.

Saudi Arabia is displaying a growing desire to make a name for itself in the world of sport, with the idea of ​​using it as leverage to improve its image on the international scene and give weight to its tourism offensive (the country has started to issue tourist visas in 2019).

The country has hosted the Dakar rally since 2020 and since 2021 a Formula 1 Grand Prix contested on the urban circuit of Jeddah.

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