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.