The Masaryk Circuit, popularly known as Automotodrom Brno, is the home of the Czech MotoGP. Named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Masaryk, it is located close to Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic.
A new closed circuit was constructed in 1985 to replace the public roads where motorbike racing had earlier been run. Opened in 1987, the new Brno circuit has retained some of the original characteristics of its famous older version, and for this reason, it is well-regarded among the riders.
Brno also hosts local motorsport events such as the Histo Cup, Hankook 12H Brno, and Masaryk Racing Days. It has previously hosted rounds of the DTM, A1 GP, Formula 3 Euro Series, FIA GT1 World Championship, Superbike World Championship and FIA World Touring Car Championship. MotoGP is undoubtedly its annual highlight – the Czech MotoGP at the circuit has been a constant fixture on the calendar since 1993.
The 5.40 kilometer, 15 meter-wide, clockwise circuit consists of 6 left-handed corners, 8 right-handed corners, and a longest straight of 636 meters. It has a fast and mixed layout, featuring quick chicanes, direction changes, and noticeable elevation changes. These yield several hard-braking areas which are technically demanding for both riders and bikes. Engine performance and tire longevity also play important roles.
In 2016, an agreement with series promoter Dorna Sports ensured Brno’s place on the MotoGP calendar until 2020. It will celebrate its 50th GP this year, 2019. Only TT Assen, with 70 years of racing under its belt, beats it in continuously hosting a motorcycle Grand Prix.
Valentino Rossi is Brno’s most successful rider on the current grid with 7 wins in all classes, while Marc Marquez currently holds the circuit record.
Major events happening at Automotodrom Brno in 2019
- April 12-14: 2019 Spring Prix Brno
- April 27-28: 2019 Histo Cup
- May 24-25: 12 Hours of Brno
- August 2-4: 2019 Czech Republic MotoGP (Buy tickets)
- September 7-8: 2019 Masaryk Racing Days
Trackside camping remains popular at the Czech MotoGP or you can stay in the centre of Brno, some 15km to the east.
Click here to buy trackside camping tickets with circuit access. Specially geared to motorcyclists, these camping and ticket packages are priced from €187 for 3 days. Alternatively, there’s plenty of accommodation to suit all budget in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic.
Automotodrom Brno is located around 15km to the west of Brno’s city centre
- The closest airport is Brno Airport (BRQ), which serves a limited number of connections with Ryanair to London Stansted, Bergamo and Berlin–Schönefeld.
- On Czech MotoGP weekend, the free nr. 400 public bus runs from the city centre (Mendlovo Namesti) to the circuit at regular intervals.