MotoGP Heading to Hungary In 2023
MotoGP are set to head to a new circuit in Hungary, as contract is signed for the nation to host a round in 2023.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, has signed an agreement for Hungary to return to the MotoGP calendar from 2023, it will be the first time a MotoGP race has been held in the nation since 1992. The signing took place in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, it involved Ezpeleta and CEO of Kelet Magyarország Versenypálya Kft, Jozsef Paczar.
The circuit which is expected to be based near Debrecen, a city in eastern Hungary, is yet to be built, so next to nothing is known yet as to the layout or length of the circuit. It is hoped the circuit will be the host to not only MotoGP, but also to F1 in the future, which currently takes place at the Hungaroring and has done consistently since 1986. The Hungaroring has in fact hosted MotoGP twice before, in 1990 and 92' being won by the great Mick Doohan and Eddie Lawson respectively.
Hungary as a nation isn't notoriously well known for producing motorcycling talent, their most recent success being 2007 125cc world champion Gabor Talmacsi. Talmacsi won the championship with the incredibly successful Aspar Aprilia side, he remained with them in 2008 and went on to finish 3rd the following season in the 125cc class. In 2009 Gabor made the jump to the 250cc class remaining with the Aspar squad, however after three races he left the side after an argument over image rights. Gabor went on to greater things in 2009, moving to the Team Scot MotoGP team from the sixth race at Catalunya, alongside Yuki Takahashi. Talmacsi remained in MotoGP for the entire season ending the year in 17th place. In 2010 he moved to what was then the new Moto2 class, he ended the year in 6th place, racing for the Speed Up side. 2010 would end up being his final year in the MotoGP paddock. Perhaps a new venue can put Hungary back on the MotoGP map, possibly even encourage Hungarians to take up motorcycle racing.