Dorna Sports inked a new five-year deal with Red Bull Ring circuit to continue with the Austrian MotoGP race.

The current contract was to expire at the end of the 2020 MotoGP season but before its expiry, Dorna Sports and Red Bull Ring circuit owners decided to sign a new deal to keep the Austrian GP until the 2025 season.

After the last Austrian MotoGP in 1997, the grand prix returned to the calendar in 2016 and has been a regular, which has co-incided with an increased involvement of Austrian manufacturer, KTM.

Red Bull CEO, Dietrich Mateschitz said: “For me, MotoGP is the most attractive racing series in the world. It offers motorsport in its purest form. MotoGP has been coming to the Red Bull Ring for four years now and the excitement and enthusiasm for it remains unchanged.

“It’s our pleasure to welcome motorcycle Grand Prix racing for a further five years beyond 2020. Securing the experience for the fans on site at the racetrack, as well as for the viewers of ServusTV, the contract extension is our long-term commitment to this fascinating sport and an expression of personal appreciation for Carmelo Ezpeleta.”

At the same time, Dorna Sports CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta added: “It makes me very happy to announce that we will be returning to this track until at least 2025. I think everyone would agree it’s one of the most beautiful circuits in the world and it’s a pleasure for us to race here.

“Being KTM’s home track, it’s also an important weekend for our newest manufacturer and for Austrian motorsport. The facilities and organisation are excellent, the grandstands are packed and the atmosphere is really unique here in Spielberg – I look forward to many more years working together.”