MotoGP » Argentina loses place on 2013 MotoGP calendar

Spanish government changes Repsol travel advice two days too late to save new 2013 MotoGP event in Argentina.

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November 23, 2012 1:48 PM
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Lets get this list done properly:

Round 1: 7 April Qatar* Losail
Round 2: 21 April United States Austin
Round 3: 5 May Spain (STC) Jerez
Round 4: 19 May France Le Mans
Round 5: 2 June Italy Mugello
Round 6: 16 June Spain Catalunya
Round 7: 29 June Netherlands** Assen
Round 8: 7 July Germany Sachsenring
Round 9: 21 July United States***Laguna Seca
Round 10: 18 August United States Indianapolis
Round 11: 25 August Czech Republic Brno
Round 12: 1 September Great Britain Silverstone
Round 13: 15 September Italy Misano
Round 14: 29 September Spain Aragon
Round 15: 13 October Malaysia Sepang
Round 16: 20 October Australia Phillip Island
Round 17: 27 October Japan Motegi
Round 18: 10 November Spain Valencia

Stop trying to feign variety, its a shame about Argentina

tucker - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 1:55 PM

Anyone know whatever happened to the proposed Hungarian round? I remember a track called the Balatonring was being built but we've heard nothing about it. Gabor Talmacsi and Balazs Nemeth had the track as a sponsor on their Aprilias in 250s during 2009.

M1M - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:12 PM

the Spanish government, (no doubt pandering to demands by Repsol), advised against travel to Argentina for any teams or riders sponsored by Repsol for "safety reasons". That is ridiculous. They should have been forced to explain what possible safety reasons there could possibly be in what was really a mere sponsorship conflict. Repsol has been allowed to bring the sport into disrepute, not only with this, but also by stipulating in its contract with HRC that Honda satellite riders with rival sponsors aren't permitted to beat the Repsol bikes. And elsewhere, Nakamoto talks about being 'fair' with competitors. What a joke.

johnny - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:19 PM

So there are 4 rounds of a global world championship in spain, one of which would have been Argentina if the Spanish hadn't told Dorna what they were allowed to do......hmmmmmmmmmm seems fair that then. I had stopped from commenting on this being a spanish championship, but looks that way now

DM52 - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:29 PM

The reason it was such a hot topic was because Argentina announced that they were going to seize the controlling interest of YPF, a Repsol subsiduary, without giving repsol any option. Spain, because Repsol is a spanish company, along with the rest of Europe were naturally a little unnerved by this and legal proceedings between Repsol and Argentina are underway. It is not a sponsorship conflict and in no way does it bring the sport into disripute. I seem to remember plenty of non Repsol riders beating the factory team before, Melandri, Gibernau, Rossi (in the Nastro days), Barros, Capirossi (Pons Hondas) so to say they have a contract with HRC stipulating that satellite riders are not permitted to win is also fairly wide of the mark. It is true, Repsol is regarded as the works team and are expected to win but they are not forcing others to lose on purpose.

FATE - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:49 PM

This is not looking as good as they make it seem. Repsol is suing.

HRC might have to ride without a sponsor for that race.

Leandro - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 3:18 PM

The "safety reasons" bla just ridiculous, im from Argentina and all the fans of motorsports (the most popular sport in this country after football )were really excited about this race, nobody would even think to do anything against the Repsol Team, is this a joke?? they think that this is Somalia??? Chad??? Irak??? ...They buy YPF (biggest oil company here) in the 90' for 2 coins in a corrupt deal with president Menem making a lot of money...and now they complain about the way they lose it...too bad..


November 23, 2012 3:21 PM

Shi what a pity i would love to wach Motogp im Argentina, hope that 4 2014 it all run smooth!! Also i think its **** to let 4 Gps im Spain is not fair for Competicion at least for me.. would have been better if they had allow Estoril again for one more year since Argentina have this problem and still ther would be 3 Gps im Spain that have to change, one Gp for Country is enaught but Dorna is DORNA(Spain Rules)

dakota - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 3:30 PM

For two days? What a lame excuse.

That Dorna and FIM were at the circuit on Tuesday for homologation is a well known fact, either the circuit infrastructures weren't ready or Repsol waved its sponorship euros in front of Dorna's face and said nada and Ezpeleta backed down to avoid any risky backlash.

Jerez is still subject to contract and that doesn't seem to cause any problem with the 'calendar presentation'

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