Legendary Belgian Race Track Spa-Francorchamps To Host MotoGP?

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For every motoring enthusiast, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most beautiful racetracks on the planet earth. Now the legendary track is aiming to return to the MotoGP calendar.

The Belgian track has hosted the motorcycle Grand Prix from 1949 to 1990, the two-stroke era. It has never hosted a modern four-stroke MotoGP race. The new circuit director Nathalie Maillet has said that initial talks have taken place to host a future MotoGP event.

Maillet told a local website DH.be, "I want to get some big events like MotoGP. I recently spent a day in Madrid to discuss with the MotoGP organisers Dorna. Bradley Smith rode a 500cc bike last summer at Spa."

She added, "I am going to study the amenities needed to welcome back bikes - organising both Formula 1 and MotoGP - more deeply this year. Notably the level of profitability and economic return for the region. MotoGP would not be until 2020. I am aiming for the long term."

Didier De Radigues, former Belgian GP rider and 250cc winner at Spa stated, "If the project succeeds, it would be just fantastic! The Spa layout contrasts with the other sanitised circuits of today, most of which are created by the same designers.

"For a motorcycle rider, Spa is one of the circuits which gives the most pleasure. It would quickly forge a special place in the calendar and become as mythical as for Formula 1.

"On the straight following Raidillon the riders would probably reach a maximum speed approaching 350km/h, as at Mugello or Sepang for example, but it is the long fast corners that would make Spa so special. 2020 seems to me very optimistic..."

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Story first published: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 15:49 [IST]
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