Dorna Sports and the Saudi Arabian Motorcycling Federation have reached a landmark memorandum of understanding to host MotoGP races at the new circuit being built in Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia, in the coming years.
MotoGP is coming to Saudi Arabia. Or, at least, it is beginning to lay the groundwork to do so in the near future. The Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dorna Sports to host a MotoGP race in the future.
Saudi Arabia’s long-standing interest
At the request of the Minister of Sport, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, the President of the Saudi Arabian Federation, Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, met with Carmelo Ezpeleta, the head of the company which holds the commercial and television rights to the FIM MotoGP World Championships, this weekend in Misano to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
Saudi Arabia’s interest in hosting a GP had been mooted in previous years, but Dorna’s hands were tied by an exclusive agreement with Qatar to host a race in the Middle East. There are no details yet on where the race will be held, but the most likely venue could be the new circuit in the Qiddiya area, the sports city being built on the outskirts of Riyadh that had already hosted the conclusion of the first Dakar race in the Saudi kingdom.