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Abu Dhabi sure it will host MotoGP, but when?

“The big decision is whether we would do MotoGP for 2012 or 2013”
Abu Dhabi's lavish Yas Marina Circuit expects to join the MotoGP World Championship calendar within the next two years, and is learning towards the later date.

"The big decision for us is whether we would do [the first MotoGP event] for 2012 or 2013," reports Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit, as saying.

"We're looking at 2013 for the MotoGP, to be honest, to give us breathing space [to] develop what we have already started like the [racing] school and also the drag racing and the NHRA [National Hot Rod Association] licences.

"We need to give ourselves a little bit of time to develop those, and then in 2013 we can add the MotoGP, that would be the ideal situation."

The Yas Marina Circuit was built for F1 and held its first four-wheel grand prix in 2009.

It remains the only twilight race on the calendar, starting just before sunset on a naturally lit track, before finishing under floodlights.

The circuit has many different configurations, but will still need some safety alterations for MotoGP.

But the track could combine such modifications with changes to help improve overtaking opportunities for F1.

Qatar, MotoGP's only night race, is presently the only motorcycle grand prix held in the Middle East.

The Losail Circuit has expressed interest in hosting an F1 race.

Tagged as: Abu Dhabi , Yas Marina

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Hongamanooga - Unregistered

April 07, 2011 9:48 AM

I don't like the trend of moving as many events to middle eastern petro-dollar countries as possible -where the average local people live on 5$ per day and they don't know what a sport bike is. Those people need other things than racing circuits. And as far as our own interest is concerned it is equally bad: It degrades the spectacle to be seeing the bikes race in empty venues. Even on TV it's a much superior feeling to watch a race where there are 100,000 spectators.

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