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IPO denies 'nonsense' claim 15 Aug 2007

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) at Istanbul Park press conference. 22 April 2007. © Sutton.

Istanbul Park Organizasyon (IPO), the operator of the Turkish circuit, has denied media reports that its chairman Bernie Ecclestone is to be sued by the Turkish Motorcycle Federation (TMF).

“We have no knowledge of any such proceedings against us or our chairman,” said a spokesperson for IPO on Wednesday.

Commenting on remarks attributed to Mr Suleyman Memnun, the vice-chairman of the TMF that the Istanbul Park circuit is “closed to motorcyclists until 2021”, IPO’s response was unambiguous.

“It is complete nonsense,” said the spokesperson. “It is correct that MotoGP will not stage a round at Istanbul Park in 2008, because the championship promoter, Dorna, chose not to renew its contract with TMF which expired this year. As far as we know this was Dorna’s decision.”

IPO’s representative also pointed out that Bernie Ecclestone is a keen motorcycle enthusiast and added that the Turkish circuit would be delighted to host motorcycling events in the future.

“It’s just a case of finding the right opportunity,” commented the spokesperson. “If it works for everybody involved, it will happen.”

IPO will host the 2007 Formula 1 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park from August 24-26.