French Grand Prix contract extended to 2021
On the eve of the fifteenth successive edition of the Grand Prix de France held at the circuit of Le Mans, Claude Michy, promoter of the event, and FIM MotoGP™ World Championship rights holder Dorna Sports SL are pleased to announce they will extend their collaboration for a further five years, from 2017 to 2021.
The French Grand Prix at Le Mans has one of the longest traditions of Grand Prix Racing in the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar - Le Mans was first used for a Grand Prix event in 1969, when the 500 race was won by Giacomo Agostini and the circuit has been used for the MotoGP™ event for the last 14 years in succession, starting in 2000.
While the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix is set to deliver another great show in all three World Championship classes, Dorna Sports SL CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta met with Claude and Philibert Michy to agree on a new contract extension and ensure the French Grand Prix a slot on the calendar until 2021.
Claude and Philibert Michy stated: "The French Grand Prix is a key international event on the French sporting calendar and our close collaboration with Dorna Sports is instrumental in making it a success, so we're very happy to ensure the future of the French round of the World Championship."
"We have a great relationship with Claude Michy and PHA and the French Grand Prix has been steadily building on its success at such a legendary circuit as Le Mans," said Mr Ezpeleta. "We are pleased to continue to work with Claude until 2021 and maintain a key GP on the calendar," he added.