MotoGP’s Austrian round could be set for a switch to the Salzburgring in future, after Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz acquired the historic track.The contract is to be signed in the next couple of days, with Mateschitz, not the Red Bull brand, as the buyer.Mateschitz will take over the Salzburgring with his company Distribution & Marketing Inc.
In the short term, however, nothing will change at the Salzburgring, as its tenants of the International Motor Racing Club Salzburg (IGMS) and their president Alexander Reiner willcontinue with day-to-day running of the track.
But in the longer term, the Salzburgring is bound to change. Mateschitz could very well modify the circuit in order for it to be able to host motorcycle races once again.
He has made no secret of the fact that he wants to see MotoGP return to the historic venue, which barring two years continually hosted Grand Prix motorcycling from 1971 to 1994.
However, after a 19-year hiatus, MotoGP is already returning to Austria this year – but to the Red Bull Ring, which Mateschitz bought over a decade ago and which he has revamped massively.
Provided the Salzburgring track is altered at a certain spot – motorcycles would need a chicane in front of the infamous Paddock bend – and provided the aged infrastructure of the track is renewed, MotoGP could indeed switch from the Red Bull Ring to Salzburgring in the near future.
2016 race events at the Salzburgring include the new-for-2015 TCR International Series, which will take to the track in June.
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