Carmelo Ezpeleta

Born in Barcelona in 1946, Carmelo Ezpeleta is passionate about sports. He was an amateur motorcycle rider and car driver and excelled as an amateur pelota (Jai Alai) player. He is a five-time Jai Alai champion of Spain and two-time champion of Catalonia. He was involved in the construction of Spain’s Calafat circuit and served as director of the facility from 1974 to 1978, before moving to Madrid to become the director of the Jarama circuit and manager of all sporting activity for the Real Automobile Club of Spain (RACE). In 1988, he returned to Barcelona as executive director of the consortium in charge of the construction of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and sporting director of the RACC (Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya). In 1991, he joined Dorna as director of the motorsport department. He became CEO of Dorna in 1994, before becoming managing director in 1998. Under his stewardship, MotoGP has developed extensively over the years, becoming one of the world’s most followed sports.