MotoGP bosses have today announced the series will make a return to Brazil in 2022 after signing a five-year deal with the new Rio Motorpark.
Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro, have already staged some incredible chapters in the history of the sport, most recently in 2004 at Jacarepaguá, which had hosted MotoGP since 1995.
The development of a new venue to replace Jacarepaguá, which was repurposed as an Olympic Park, makes for an exciting prospect for both the sport and the city.
Rio Motorpark is forecast for completion in 2021 and features a 4.5km layout of seven left- and six right-handed corners, with an approximate MotoGP™ laptime of 1’38.
“The news that we already have a first competition for Rio’s new racetrack, MotoGP, confirmed for 2022, represents a great advance for our city,” said The construction of the Deodoro racetrack is a spectacular project, with an extraordinary investment that will generate 7,000 jobs and makeMarcelo Crivella, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
“Rio regain the leading role in major competitions. We will take development to a region of the city with many needs, which is the West Zone, and stimulate tourism. All this without the City putting a penny into the project, since the whole investment will be the responsibility of the concessionaire.”