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A promising future for Czech motorcycling

A promising future for Czech motorcycling

A promising future for Czech motorcycling

The Czech Republic has a long-standing tradition of motorsport demonstrated by the fact that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Masaryk circuit. The ever-increasing popularity of the event was boosted by the CzechGP.com project, which aims at raising the profile of Czech racing by supporting local riders.

"We started the CzechGP.com project last year as we supported Lukas Pesek in his first full season in the 125 World Championship ," explains Ondrej Coufal, the circuit's managing director. "This first year was positive for us as it helped to raise the profile of MotoGP in Czech Republic and the awareness amongst the general public; it was also a very successful year for the Grand Prix as there were over 100,000 spectators."

This year, the circuit is backing three other riders in the World Championship: Jakub Smrz and Radek Rous in the 250cc class, and Karel Abraham in the 125cc category.
"In 2004, the project was just focused on one rider – Lukas now rides for a top team with Derbi and he is doing well. This year we decided not to focus on only one rider, so we started to work with other riders. We collaborate with them through various events, doing a lot of marketing, and had a lot of TV and radio coverage. I think it's good as we saw a big increase in pre-sales for the Grand Prix - it's hard to quantify the influence of the CzechGP.com project on our ticket sales, but it definitely contributed to the success of the event."

"I think motorcycling has a bright future in Czech Republic," adds Coufal, who saw the circuit awarded the coveted IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix Trophy' for last year's event. "There are hurdles to overcome but we believe we'll have the chance to host MotoGP for a long time. We obviously want to improve the standard of the circuit and we will invest significant amounts of money in things like resurfacing the track in the next few years. For next year, we will work on expanding the circuit capacity and increasing the number of seats. Last year was a huge success, but based on pre-sales we are set for a new attendance record and we'd like to keep progressing that way in the future."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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