MotoGP to agree three-year deal with Buriram circuit in Thailand

Thailand's Buriram Circuit will sign a three-year deal with MotoGP series promoter Dorna to host a round of the series from next season later this week

MotoGP to agree three-year deal with Buriram circuit in Thailand

The circuit (pictured above during its World Superbike round) had been due to host its first grand prix event this year before sponsorship issues cause it to be delayed, but Thailand has been expected to form a round of the 2018 schedule since the start of this season.

Dorna has now confirmed that series boss Carmelo Ezpeleta will travel to the Thai capital, Bangkok, to complete an agreement that will allow the circuit to host a race until 2020.

A contract is expected to be signed on Thursday.

The Buriram round is expected to slot in towards the end of an expanded 19-race calendar, with the Sports Authority of Thailand having previously indicated an October 5-7 2018 date was likely.

Teams will get a first a first taste of the circuit, which also hosts a World Superbike round, next February as part of a revamped winter testing schedule.

The additions of Thailand and Finland, which signed a deal this month to begin hosting a MotoGP race from 2019 after construction of the KymiRing is completed, means the MotoGP calendar could swell to 20 races if none of the existing venues are dropped.

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