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Dorna, FIM representatives headed for Crimea

Official representatives of Dorna Sports (the holder of commercial rights to the MotoGP series) and FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) plan to venture to the Crimea to assess Ukraine’s potential to host the World Championship. As reported earlier, a new racetrack, the Crimea Grand Prix Circuit, is currently being built in Ukraine’s Crimea, just 6 kilometers from the resort city of Yevpatoria. The track has been developed by the renowned designer of such auto and motor cycling facilities, German architect Hermann Tilke.

The construction is being done by Stepracing Team Ltd. According to Anatoly Kuchmin, the construction company’s co-owner, both Dorna and FIM would like to see Ukraine host a MotoGP round, and are planning to visit the track this spring when the circuit, worth EUR 260m, is due for completion.

Quite possibly, if the deal is finally made, the project will gain the support of the Ukrainian government, which, in turn, may earmark funds to rebuild the roads that link the track to both Yevpatoria and the Simferopol Airport.

The Crimea Grand Prix Circuit measures 4,857 meters long, with six right and six left turns clockwise. The track spans 13 meters wide, expanding to 15 meters in the start-finish area. Its longest straight of 900 meters is tipped to be the longest in Europe.

The track boasts a central stand for 5,300 seats and 40 commentators’ booths, as well as bars and cafés. Additional stands for 87,000 seats can also be expanded to accommodate 142,000 spectators.

As many already know, the idea of expanding the MotoGP calendar and adding new tracks has been profusely discussed recently. There has also been talk of adding new rounds in Abu Dhabi, Singapore, India and even Ukraine.

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