As expected, MotoGP organizers have officially lifted the rule barring rookies from racing for factory teams, but the Grand Prix Commission also tweaked some other regulations including a cap on factory prototype machines. We’ve discussed the lifting of the rookie rule already, with the main impetus being to allow a manufacturer such as Honda to […]
Texas’ Circuit of the Americas Officially Added to 2013 MotoGP Calendar
The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, has officially been added to the 2013 MotoGP calendar, joining Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis to make three U.S. stops for the series.
MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports originally reached a deal with the circuit in April 2011 but various disagreements between the track owners and former World Champion Kevin Schwantz created much uncertainty. Even now, Schwantz has a lawsuit filed against the circuit’s owners over the rights to an Austin MotoGP round.
“We are excited to be working with Circuit of The Americas to expand our programming in the United States and bring our series to an exceptional new Grand Prix facility in Texas,” says Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive officer of Dorna Sports. “We see tremendous opportunities to market MotoGP and grow its fan base through this agreement and know Circuit of The Americas is the right promoter to help us achieve that goal.”
The Circuit of the Americas will host the MotoGP World Championship April 19-21, 2013, making it the third round in the championship. Qatar’s Losail circuit will again open the season on March 29-31 while an as-yet unconfirmed round is penciled in for April 12-14. Dorna is in negotiations with the Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina to fill that slot.