The 2021 Spanish Grand Prix was presented this Friday at the Circuito de Jerez. The event was attended by the Vice-President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, the CEO of Dorna Sport, Carmelo Ezpeleta, and the Mayoress of Jerez, Mamen Sánchez.
Dorna Sport, FIM and IRTA have announced today that, due to the current pandemic situation, the Red Bull Motorcycling Grand Prix of Spain, scheduled to take place at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto on 30 April, 1 and 2 May, will be held behind closed doors.
The Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto informs that all MotoGP tickets that were exchanged during the period offered from 1 June to 30 September 2020, will be eligible again to be refunded or exchanged for GP2022.
Mamen Sánchez, accompanied by the Vice-President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, and the CEO of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta, presented the Spanish Motorcycling GP to be held from 30 April to 2 May at the Ángel Nieto Jerez Circuit. “We are going to have sporting sensations but we are missing the joy, let’s hope it will be the last year that the Spanish Grand Prix is held behind closed doors,” he said.
Carmelo Ezpeleta acknowledged the effort made by the Circuito de Jerez to hold the 2020 GP in the middle of the pandemic. The anti-pandemic protocol followed in Jerez served as a model for F1 and this protocol also allowed the World Championship calendar to be held at other circuits.
Regarding the agreement reached with the Jerez City Council and the Junta de Jerez, Carmelo Ezpeleta said he would have liked it to be for five years with five races in Jerez from 2022 to 2026. “We can only sell three of the five races, which have been negotiated with the Junta de Andalucía and the Jerez City Council; I hope there will be more. The FIM obliges us to organise GPs in countries where there were none,” he made clear. Dorna’s CEO assured that he will make “maximum efforts” to ensure that the four Spanish circuits are on the calendar.