MotoGP agreement with Austin Texas circuit uncertain
September 4, 2012 by James
New negotiations between MotoGP and the Austin Texas ‘Circuit of the Americas’ owners are underway to discuss a placement deal on the MotoGP calendar for 2013. Originally, a deal for 10 years had been agreed in April, with the first date to be in 2013. A deal had also been agreed between the Austin circuit and Formula One.
The deals had been jeopardized, however, by a number of complications, which included promoter Tavo Hellmund leaving the circuit. Formula One made a new agreement with the owners of the circuit to make the first appearance in November 2012. MotoGP have yet to reach an agreement with the Austin circuit.
The communications manager for Dorna has confirmed to the American-Statesman that negotiations are in place with the Circuit of the Americas to discuss a 2013 race, although Bobby Epstein, the chairman of the Circuit of the Americas, has not confirmed one way or the other whether negotiations are taking place with MotoGP. He did, however, state that a full racing calendar would be offered to fans for 2013. It is likely that the racing events will be promoted nearer the time, maybe using local flyer printing services.
There are some changes expected to the 2013 calendar for MotoGP, in addition to the inclusion of Austin. Argentina will be included for 2013, which will be 13 years since its last appearance in 1999. Other possible events include Estoril, Valencia, and Catalunya. Indianapolis has confirmed its 2013 involvement, with Laguna Seca still to confirm. Racing fans worldwide will be anxiously awaiting confirmation of the MotoGP calendar for 2013.