MotoGP™ gets set for the first Finnish Grand Prix since 1982

Photo :|28-Aug-2019 17:33

The KymiRing will play host to premier class racing in Finland for the first time in over 38 years

For the first time in over 38 years, MotoGP™ is heading to Finland. A country renowned for its passion for motorsport will finally have a World Championship race when the brand-new KymiRing plays host to the first Finnish Grand Prix since 1982.

The last Finnish Grand Prix was held at Imatra when only 125cc, 250cc and 350cc machines raced, with the last time premier class racing taking place twelve months prior. On August 9th, 1981, Marco Lucchinelli beat MotoGP™ Legend Randy Mamola by nearly twenty seconds to clinch 500cc glory and the last premier class victory on Finnish soil.

MotoGP™ Legend and eight-time 500cc World Champion Giacomo Agostini has an incredible sixteen Finnish Grand Prix victories to his name, with the Italian winning all but one Finnish Grands Prix in ten years of dominance between 1965 and 1975; along with six 350cc victories at Imatra for good measure.

Now, 38 years later, there’s an opportunity for the current crop of MotoGP™ greats to write their name in Finnish and Scandinavian motorcycle history when the Finnish Grand Prix returns on July 12th from the KymiRing.

All six MotoGP™ Test teams visited the Finnish circuit earlier in the month, with great success, and now preparations will accelerate ahead of the circuit hosting Round 11 of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

The 2020 season truly kicks into life in 2019, though, with the post-Valencia Grand Prix Official Test on the 19th and 20th of November. MotoGP™ VideoPass and will bring you live and comprehensive coverage of the two-day test, as the 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship kicks into gear.