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MotoGP confirms Texas deal

The state-of-the-art facility currently under construction will host MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 when it begins its ten-year deal in 2013.
Dorna has confirmed it has secured a ten-year deal to add Texas to the MotoGP calendar at the all-new Circuit of the Americas from 2013

The new venue, currently under construction in Austin, has already negotiated a deal to attract Formula 1 there from 2012, but MotoGP will now also make use of the new facilities with a race in 2013.

The United States already has two races, at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis, but the move to Texas has been especially pushed by Kevin Schwantz, who has worked with the organisers to realise the potential of bringing MotoGP to the 'lone star' state.

“We are delighted to be adding the Circuit of the Americas to the MotoGP calendar. It is an honor to expand our Championship to Texas, which has a rich history of producing World Championship riders,” said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

“We have had a wonderful and special relationship with Kevin Schwantz for twenty years and often talked about a mutual dream of increasing the popularity of MotoGP in the U.S. and raising our already successful worldwide profile.

“Now, with what Tavo Hellmund is doing in Austin, we have realized that situation and are looking forward to this new venture together. The 10-year agreement is a sign of our confidence and commitment to the future success of MotoGP racing in Austin.”

A proud moment for Texan Schwantz, he is delighted to bring MotoGP to his home state, one that has bred talents as Colin Edwards and Ben Spies in recent years.

“For me this is a dream come true, that the FIM MotoGP World Championship will be in my home state of Texas. I am such a believer in the sport and know how popular motorcycling is in Texas. I am sure that this will be a resounding long term success.”

With Laguna Seca – which carries the United States Grand Prix tag – confirmed for 2014, pressure appears to be on Indianapolis to retain its race. However, with four races in Spain currently, there is a possibility that Texas could become a third American event.

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RD350LC - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 9:49 AM

One obvious thing to do then, Tell Laguna Seca that their contract will not be renewed unless they host all 3 class’s easy I still find it bizarre that the official US round only hosts the big class when another round in the same country hosts all 3

Jake - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 12:59 PM

I am American but I hate it when the media thinks that I would only be interested in MotoGP because of american riders.....regardless if those american riders aren't at the front of the pack. I find it insulting. I hate the localization of MotoGP & SBK coverage at the US arounds. It is horrible and ironically I tend not to watch them or watch them with the sound off. I am a fan of motogp & sbk and it's a disservice to water it down for the US. If the sport(s) are going to grow it needs to grow naturally and not be forced

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