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Austin F1 track casts doubt on MotoGP plans

“MotoGP would be great for Texas and the fans but I haven't had any discussions with him [Ezpeleta] about that"
Whilst enthusiastic about the idea, representatives of the new F1 track being built in Austin, Texas claim to be unaware of any discussions about hosting a MotoGP event.

During a press conference at this week's Ducati launch, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was quoted as saying early discussions had begun with the US circuit, which is due to join the F1 calendar in 2012.

“MotoGP would be great for Texas and the fans but I haven't had any discussions with him [Ezpeleta] about that,” U.S. Grand Prix promoter Tavo Hellmund (pictured with Conor Daly) told a report by John Maher on Statesman.com. “Everything is F1.”

Investor and land owner Bobby Epstein added, “A MotoGP championship race would be amazing for the fans and the economy. But I don't know of any conversations.”

Two MotoGP rounds are already held in the US, at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis, although Indianapolis signed only a one-year contract extension for 2011.

1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz is a consultant for the new Austin venue.

India, which is due to host its first F1 event this year, was the other circuit mentioned by Ezpeleta as a potential - and at this stage more likely - new MotoGP venue.


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Dannyboy

January 13, 2011 4:48 PM
Last Edited 155 days ago

I say add as many rounds as possible!! That way we have racing all year with no winter break! Guys like me wont have to slip into this deep, dark depression every winter!! HaHa!

speed - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 6:44 AM

yes, indy has an amphitheater feel to it. big deal. you would think that would make parts of the track easier to see, but it is the opposite. the entire backfield is blocked from view by the pit buildings, and if you place yourself at either end of the start/finish straight you still can't see much. it's an oval pretending to be a road course, just like daytona. it's a boring track to watch, there's no elevation, no famous corners, nothing.



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