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"If you have not obtained such rights then unfortunately Circuit of the Americas will not be included as a round of the FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Championship" - Kevin Schwantz.

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Beat The Fockers... - Unregistered

March 09, 2012 7:37 PM

@CML-VR46 Totally agree with you on the Turkish circuit
mate, the MotoGP from 2006 (?) is one of the few survivors from my recent massacre of VHS recordings the natural flow of the terrain there makes for brilliant racing. I wish they would go back there instead of Sepang for example.

motomoto - Unregistered

March 09, 2012 8:29 PM

It was "under threat" before it started. I'm on record (here and else ware) that it will never happen. Austin is a charming southwest town with cheap land, but no way are there enough "international" race fans within 500 miles of that place to fill up more than a classroom (respect to the few). That place might be able to host that "no driver talent" NASCAR,, but that's it. The old "Build it and they will come" saying doesn't always work. Its cheap land for a reason, tools. Oh well, when the property is finally abandoned, it will be tons o fun tearing it up on a dirt bike.. Time for a road-trip!!

shamarone

March 10, 2012 12:52 AM

re: "If this goes pair shaped,it will be their loss,not ours."

even if it DOESN'T go pair shaped it will still be their loss. all the original interest was based on a decade of motogp. the "bait and switch" they're being fed is CRT. as motomoto eludes, this is america, neither 1 of those 2 formats is enough to sustain profitability for more than a year or 3... nevermind an unprecedented 10yr contract. (WTF?) perhaps if both laguna and indy gave up their contracts (as if) and stopped dividing up what is an inherently limited market, they might have a snow ball's chance...? human beings are sheep. they will only "star-eff" that which is already being "star-eff'd". see entry for the 800lb gorillas of nascar, baseball, football, college basketball, bass fishing, etc.

Jeff - Unregistered

March 10, 2012 8:40 AM

@ SARAH ELLISON, (ARE YOU RELATED TO JAMES BY ANY CHANCE?)

You could just remind others of where Kevin Schwantz and Ben Spies are originally from.

Ian S - Unregistered

March 10, 2012 3:24 PM

Colin Edwards too. Austin is a young and vibrant city and there are plenty of bikers around here. Within easy riding distance we also have Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. To say there won't be enough local interest is just ridiculous. It will happen and it will be good. As James Ellison is married to a Texan called Sarah then I think there is a good chance she is our contributor. I'll happily buy James a pint when MotoGP rolls into town next year.

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