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MotoGP agrees to return to Estoril until 2011

MotoGP agrees to return to Estoril until 2011

A meeting between MotoGP rights holders Dorna Sports and officials from the Estoril circuit on Sunday morning at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal saw a new agreement signed between the two parties for three years, which will see the World Championship returning to the Portuguese venue until at least 2011.

A meeting between MotoGP rights holders Dorna Sports and officials from the Estoril circuit on Sunday morning at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal saw a new agreement signed between the two parties for three years, which will see the World Championship returning to the Portuguese venue until at least 2011.

Though the first two Portuguese Grands Prix actually took place in Spain at Jarama in 1987 and Jerez in 1988, MotoGP has been visiting Estoril every year since 2000 and the event is hugely popular with both Portuguese fans and many Spanish fans who make their way across the border.

The new three year contract was signed by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and Estoril Circuit Director, Domingos Piedade, at this weekend´s ninth consecutive staging of MotoGP at Estoril, ahead of Sunday´s races in the three respective World Championship classes.

Commenting on the new agreement, Mr Piedade stated, `I would like to thank Dorna for their vote of confidence in us. We have always had a good relationship and Carmelo Ezpeleta is a great friend. The support of the Portuguese Tourist Board was also very important. We are very proud to have MotoGP in Portugal, particularly here at Estoril, a circuit that is strongly identified with this event.´

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL

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