MotoGP is closing on a return to Hungary for a future event, with a race at the Hungaroring being worked on for the 2025 season.
The latest update on a future Hungarian round follows the series signing a preliminary agreement with the nation back in March of 2021 to bring the back the event for the 2023 campaign, though that date has come and gone.
MotoGP released a statement on Monday ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix insisting that it still had a clear intention to include a trip to Hungary as part of its calendar within the next couple of years.
Series organisers Dorna Sports are working on first adding a round to the World Superbike Championship at the recently-completed Balaton Park Circuit for 2024, before then bringing a grand prix event to current Formula 1 venue Hungaroring the year after.
According to the statement, Dorna is working with the Hungarian Mobility Development Agency (HUMDA) to homologate both circuits for motorcycle racing competition.
“MotoGP™’s return to Hungary might be closer than you think! The collaboration between Dorna Sports and the Hungarian Mobility Development Agency (HUMDA) is very much ongoing, with two venues being explored for the near future,” began MotoGP’s statement.
“Dorna and HUMDA are working together on the homologation of the Hungaroring and the new Balaton Park Circuit in order to bring both MotoGP™ and WorldSBK back to Hungary soon.
“The aim of an updated agreement between Dorna and HUMDA is to first include Balaton Park on the 2024 WorldSBK calendar and as a reserve venue for MotoGP™ next season, before the Hungaroring hosts MotoGP™ from 2025… so watch this space!”
A new circuit, named the Magyar Nemzetkozi Motodrome and located near the city of Debrecen in the Eastern part of the country, was originally meant to host MotoGP’s return to Hungary when the project was announced back in 2021, though construction work on the new facility is yet to break ground.
MotoGP last visited Hungary way back in 1992, when the 500cc world championship came to the nation – Cagiva’s Eddie Lawson securing victory on that occasion.