The FIM has confirmed that the 17 round 2005 MotoGP World Championship season will feature two news events - in China and America - but will not return to South Africa.

The provisional list, revealed on August 20, stated that either Welkom (top pic - venue for Valentino Rossi debut Yamaha victory) or Rio would stay on the calendar; the Brazilian venue has now won that contest and will host round two of the 2005 championship on April 17.

Meanwhile, new venues Shanghai (middle pic - which hosted its first F1 race this season) and Laguna Seca (lower pic - currently undergoing safety modifications to meet GP requirements) had both been present on the provisional list and will take place as planned on May 1 and July 10 respectively.

The only other alteration from the provisional calendar is that the Malaysian Grand Prix, at Sepang, has been moved from October 9 to September 11, one week before the Japanese Grand Prix.

The full calendar can be seen below:

2005 MotoGP calendar.

April 10 Spain Jerez de la Frontera
April 17 Rio Jacarepagua
May 1 China Shanghai
May15 France Le Mans
May 29 Italy Mugello
June 5 Catalunya Catalunya
June 19 Great Britain Donington Park
June 25 Netherlands Assen **
July 10 United States Laguna Seca *
July 24 Germany Sachsenring
August 28 Czech Rep. Brno
September 11 Malaysia Sepang
September 18 Japan Motegi
October 1 Qatar Qatar **
October 16 Australia Phillip Island
October 30 Portugal Estoril
November 6 Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia

*: only MotoGP class.
**: Saturday race.


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