MotoGP organisers Dorna Sports have become the latest party to file a lawsuit against the KymiRing circuit in Finland after the planned Finnish Grand Prix was cancelled once again.
The race meeting suffered its third cancellation in as many years back in May as the new venue’s owners struggled to complete construction on the track amidst financial problems, with a press release shared by Dorna at the time confirming the intention to finally hold the race in 2023, having also been cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 too due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Finnish GP was absent from MotoGP’s provisional 2023 calendar that was released at the end of last month though, suggesting that hope was fading for its future – this coming after Finnish publication Yle revealed that two construction companies that helped to construct the facility were filing for bankruptcy claims against its owners having not been paid.
Yle has now revealed that Dorna has joined the list of creditors looking to recoup some funds from the circuit, specifically with the KymiRing Events subsidiary of the business that the Spanish organisation signed its deal to host the first Finnish GP since 1982.
Dorna looks to have asked for around 6.4 million euros relating to “the promotion agreement that concluded in July 2021”, funds which Dorna never received despite providing invoices to the KymiRing in spring and summer of the same year.
MotoGP has elected to fill the hole in the calendar left by the Finnish GP in early July with the inaugural Kazakhstan GP, set to be held at the newly-completed Sokol International Circuit, while the 21-strong schedule also sees the inclusion of the first Indian motorcycle grand prix event, which will be held at the ex-Formula 1 venue of the Buddh International Circuit in place of the axed Aragon GP.