Finland added to MotoGP 2018 schedule


Finland has been added to the MotoGP calendar for the 2018 season.

Initial reports suggested that the Scandinavian country could be on the schedule as early as next season, but the new KymiRing in Iitti is still under construction.

However, MotoGP confirmed on their official website that Finland will host a World Championship round for the first time since 1982 in two years' time.

A MotoGP statement read: "The FIM MotoGP World Championship is set to reach new territory in Scandinavia, with Dorna Sports delighted to announce an agreement has been reached for Finland to join the schedule in 2018.

"The new KymiRing track in Iitti is currently under construction, with the FIM and Dorna working in close collaboration with all parties involved for the circuit to be homologated in time for the 2018 World Championship season.

"The announcement that MotoGP is set for a return to Finland for the first time since 1982 reflects the global appeal and growing popularity of the FIM MotoGP World Championship."

There are currently 18 rounds on the MotoGP calendar, but with Thailand and Indonesia also reportedly close to being ready to host races there could be over 20 meets by the time Finland is added to the schedule.