Well the Estoril circuit isnt goig anywhere anytime soon, so we're sure to hear the story of this weekend again for the next 2 years.
MotoGP at Estoril confirmed for two more years
On a weekend where Estoril welcomed the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, the penultimate race of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, the Circuit Administration took the opportunity to proudly announce the renovation of their contract with the series’ commercial rights-holders Dorna Sports. The agreement extends their existing deal to hold MotoGP races by another two years until 2008, and is the second renewal for the Estoril Circuit.
Present at the event were Secretary of State for Tourism Dr. Bernardo Trindade, President of the Circuit Administration Council Domingos Piedade, CEO of Dorna Sports Carmelo Ezpeleta, ITP President Dr. Luis Patrão and ITP Vice President Dr. Frederico Costa. Appropriately enough, the handshake for the deal between Messrs. Trinidade, Piedade and Ezpeleta took place on the starting grid of today’s MotoGP race at the Portuguese track.
Carmelo Ezpeleta - CEO Dorna Sports
“We are happy to renew the contract with the Estoril Circuit for two more years. The circuit have worked hard to make this event as popular as it is today, and work has been ongoing to bring it up to the necessary standards. There have been some great races over the years at this famous venue, and we hope that this can continue.”
Domingos Piedade - Chairman, Estoril Circuit
“This contract renovation represents Dorna’s recognition of the maginficent work carried out by the fantastic team here at the Estoril Circuit for MotoGP, including the excellent job undertaken by the government and Dorna itself. It is a great reward for everybody who has tried their utmost to bring this race up to the highest standard in the World Championship. Most importantly, it means that this magnificent race, which this year has welcomed 70,000 spectators, has sealed its place as an key event on the MotoGP calendar.”