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Assen gets new MotoGP contract until end of 2026

MotoGP Netherlands - Qualifying

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 25: Carmelo Ezpeleta of Spain and Dorna CEO (L) and Arjan Bos of Netherlands (President of the Board St Circuit Drenthe) celebrates the renewal of the contract with the circuit before the qualifying practice during the at MotoGP Netherlands - Qualifying on June 25, 2016 in Assen, Netherlands. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

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The TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands will continue to host MotoGP through 2026 after a new contract was announced earlier this week.

Assen has played host to the premier class of motorcycle racing since 1949, traditionally holding the event as the Dutch Tourist Trophy on the last Saturday of June.

For 2016, the event shifted to the Sunday and sold out, fans being rewarded with a classic MotoGP race as rookie Jack Miller claimed his first win.

MotoGP will continue to venture to Assen through 2026, the new contract being confirmed by Carmelo Ezpeleta on Saturday.

“It’s a big pleasure for us, Assen has been present since the beginning in 1949,” Ezpeleta said.

“It’s really fantastic and a big honour to renew with the circuit of Assen for the next 10 years. As you know, normally we renew for five years but in this case due to the investments the circuit is ready to make to improve, they need the consistency and we’ve made the expectation.

“We’re extremely happy to do this; it’s an important announcement. Assen has always been an incredible partner and this is the 25th time with the FIM, Dorna, IRTA and MSMA system that the championship has run here.

“It will be at least 35 now and I want to say thank you to all of the circuit and their board, it’s been a very easy agreement to make.”

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