Brno Stage Of 2015 MotoGP Season Still Uncertain
The hosting of the 2015 MotoGPround at Brno in the Czech Republic is turning into a messy situation as circuit owner Karel Abraham Sr. and South Moravian governor Michal Hasek continue to battle over the hosting rights of the round.
With the round set for August 16, 2015, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has issued an ultimatum for the two parties to resolve their issues by the first week of June 2015. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, Dorna will cancel the Brno MotoGP round altogether.
As is always the case with disputes of this nature, the root causes lie in money and control. For his part, Abraham Sr. told German auto site Speedweek that the South Moravian government has yet to pay €1 million to the track as part of the €2.73 million sanctioning fee imposed by Dorna for the rights to host a MotoGP round. But according to Speedweek, Governor Hasek has been trying to convince Dorna to award the South Moravian government the contract to host the event, effectively taking it away from the hands of Abraham. Notwithstanding the complicated nature of awarding the South Moravian government the prestigious contract, doing so would present a new set of complications since the race will still be held at the Brno race track that Abraham owns.
Compounding matters are reports that both Abraham and Hasek have barely spoken to one another in the past few months, effectively stalling whatever conclusion this mess has already created. That’s why Dorna’s stepping into the picture, forcing the hand of both parties to make nice and strike a deal before the first week of June 2015.
Should both parties fail to come to a resolution, the Brno race, considered as one of the most popular rounds in the entire MotoGP calendar, would be cancelled with immediate effect.
Continue reading to read more about the issues plaguing the Brno round of the 2015 MotoGP season.
Why it matters
This mess really shouldn’t have come down to this if both parties were smart enough to realize what they stood to lose should Dorna follow through on its ultimatum to cancel the round if no agreements are made.
I honestly don’t understand why Abraham said that he couldn’t foot the sanctioning amount all by himself considering that numerous reports have said that the Brno round of MotoGP is considered one of the most profitable of any rounds in the calendar.
The same thing can be said for Hasek, who seems to forget that the MotoGP event not only brings fans from all corners of Europe to the event, but also to local communities who rely on this sudden surge of tourists to spike up their businesses. That, in turn, generates not only employment opportunities for the locals, but also increases tax revenue for the government.
Both parties probably understand how important the event is to the community so that’s why their fighting over who gets to control it. The only problem is that they’ve been fighting so long that they must have forgotten that the round is a little over two months away and that Dorna has lost its patience over the squabbling.
Hopefully, both parties wise up and understand that they can’t do this race and this event without the other. The sooner they realize that, the better of they’ll be. Otherwise, we might be looking at one less race for the 2014 MotoGP season.
Source: Speed Week