Brazil is not a strange country in the world of racing cars with many famous legendary drivers as well as long-standing racing courses. However, most of them are related to the top 4-wheel drive racing Formula 1 and MotoGP does not have too much history with this South American country.
Motorcycle racing in Brazil just started to appear in 1987, held at the Goiania racetrack, also known as Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna, after the name of a legendary Brazilian F1 racer with 3 world championships.
Brazilian GP lasted for only 3 years to 1989, and once came back in 1992 with the race at Interlagos, Sao Paulo before disappearing from the MotoGP racing schedule. In 1995, a new race appeared on Brazilian territory but named Rio de Janeiro GP took place at Jacarepaguá racetrack (currently named after the legendary Nelson Piquet).
The race took place nine times until 2004 (not organized in 1998) before also parting with MotoGP. Valentino Rossi is the most successful man in Jacarepaguá with 6 victories in all 3 formats, Jorge Lorenzo is the only driver currently also crowned here in 2003.
In 2014, Brazil missed the opportunity to return to the tournament but now they are in the process of preparing for the re-export in 2022. In June, tournament owner Dorna Sports signed initial agreements for Rio de Janeiro to return to the MotoGP schedule in 2021 with the Brazilian GP race. The venue for the race will be at an entirely new racecourse scheduled to be built in 2021.
The race track in the past Jacarepaguá had to be demolished in order to serve the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but a completely new racetrack called the Rio Motorpark is 4.5km long and 13 bends will take charge of organizing the races. Dorna Sports and the Rio Motorsports authorities have agreed to a five-year deal, starting in 2022, as part of a future 22-race season.
On the side of Rio, people here are also very excited when a MotoGP race is about to return to this city. Preparing for the race will help more than 7,000 people get a job, develop and boost the city’s economy, especially in the West. More importantly, this project will not cost a penny from the city budget but is entirely paid by the responsible investor.