CATALUNYA ASKS FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM SPAIN. THE “CATALANS” EZPELETA AND ARROYO, (DORNA SPORTS) WHO WILL THEY SIDE WITH?
There is a lot of “Catalunya” in Dorna Sports S.L., the Company that manages all the rights of the World Moto Championships and the WSBK. In fact a few remember that even though Dorna has a head office in Madrid, it sees in its apex roles two Catalans firstly Carmelo Ezpeleta, who was born in 1946 in Barcelona and Manel Arroyo, who is also a Catalan born in 1960 (he was born in Vic a small village halfway between Barcelona and the French border at the foot of the Pyrenes). Carmelo Ezpeleta is the historical patron of the two wheels whereas Manuel Arroyo is the 4° Vice-President of Barcelona football club. Since 1992 Arroyo has been Director General and reference shareholder of Dorna Sports. Under the operational profile, he deals with the organization primarily of the admin of the “contents”, production, sale and distribution through the different social media platforms. Previously Arroyo has worked for the Madrid television ‘Cadena Ser' but also for the Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya RACC (in 1988) taking care of the publishing and communication department. He has also been among one of the design and constructions of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (the First GP on this circuit is dated 1991) at that time he worked to ensure that the Catalunya Rally could become part of the FIA World Rally Championship.
We have remembered a bit of history of these two executives so as to let the reader understand how close they are to the social and economic sporting world of Catalunya, which has been shaken in recent times by a breakaway trend which would bring forth a “unilateral” announcement already in the course of next week. Above all this latest event on the Catalunya territory will create an economical Tsunami even before a political one.
While waiting to comment on the next developments of this matter, which touches very important aspects like the principals of a self-governing population (which is the Catalan) but also the respect of the Constitutional Paper (Spanish), it will be interesting to see on which side Ezpeleta and Arroyo will side with as they are Catalan bred and born but with a thread in governmental business, we also remember that on the 17th June 2018, according to official reports the next Grand Prix of Catalunya will be disputed on the Montmelò circuit, in a little over eight months on the race track will the Spanish flag fly or will the Catalan anthem be played? On which side will the couple Ezpeleta and Arroyo be? Will they answer with their own personal ideas or since Dorna is controlled by the International Bridgepoint fund will they prefer to remain aligned to the requests of the Central Government?
Among the particularities of this very complex situation and its political profile there is the aspect of the incredible organization of the 53rd edition of the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada which just took place during the weekend of 5th- 8th October 2017. Will it be a case or a sign of destiny that it could be called for the last time “Rally de Espana”. Perhaps in 2018 it will be simply called “Rally de Catalunya” (independent state).