Finland’s new KymiRing to host MotoGP from 2018

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Finland will play host to a MotoGP world championship round from 2018 as part of a new deal announced by series bosses on Sunday.

Finland welcomed the premier class of motorcycle racing between 1962 and 1982, all but two of the races being held in Imatra in the south of the country.

A new circuit, the KymiRing, is currently under construction 100 km from the nation’s capital, Helsinki.

The KymiRing is set to be an FIA Grade 2 track and classified as Grade A by the FIM, motorcycle racing’s global governing body, allowing it to host MotoGP.

“The FIM MotoGP World Championship is set to reach new territory in Scandinavia, with Dorna Sports delighted to announce an agreement has been reached for Finland to join the schedule in 2018,” a statement from MotoGP read.

“The new KymiRing track in Iitti is currently under construction, with the FIM and Dorna working in close collaboration with all parties involved for the circuit to be homologated in time for the 2018 World Championship season.

“Today’s announcement that MotoGP is set for a return to Finland for the first time since 1982 reflects the global appeal and growing popularity of the FIM MotoGP World Championship.”

Finland has a rich heritage in motorsport, producing three F1 world champions – Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen – and two current drivers.

The circuit’s website states that the possibility will exist for upgrades to make it an FIA Grade 1 track, thus making it eligible to host F1 races.