While World Superbikes has already debuted at the Moscow Raceway in Russia, and will also debut at the Buddh Circuit in India next season, MotoGP still seems very fossilized in hosting the majority of its races in European venues and missing out on new markets, despite overtures from other nations wanting to bring GP racing to their countries.
The lastest circuit to offer to host MotoGP is the Sochi Circuit, that is currently being built on the Black Sea by the famous circuit designer Hermann Tilke and will be hosting Russia’s first Formula One in 2014 and will also host the Winter Olympics that same year.
To get the most out of the circuit - which is being funded by the Russian government - CEO Alexander Bogdanov says the venue could also be used for motorcycle racing with Tilke saying that the track could be modified and homologated to also meet FIM standards.
“The construction of the racing track in Sochi is going into high gear,” said Bogdanov. “The 5854 m long circuit is one of the longest in the Formula 1 world championship. The autodrome will also host different racing series such as the FIA GT World Series, FIA WEC, WTCC, Formula 3, and Russian national championships. We are working through the possibility of hosting motorcycle racing at the highest level: Moto GP, World Superbike, and others.”
“There is no doubt that the circuit will be meeting all the requirements for Formula 1 and maybe also for the Moto GP,” added Tilke.
Sochi has been rocked by three earthquakes in December, but there have not been any damages to the new infrastructures.