Both of the US circuits already hosting rounds of the MotoGP World Championship, Laguna Seca and Indianapolis, have welcomed the announcement of a new future event in Austin, Texas.
But unless the MotoGP calendar accommodates three US venues, the new 'Circuit of the Americas' will replace one of those tracks from 2013.
Laguna Seca holds a contract to host MotoGP until 2014, while Indianapolis only signed a single-year extension last season (until the end of 2011).
However, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus insists the world famous speedway is planning a long association with the premier motorcycle world championship.
"We're pleased to learn of the addition of another MotoGP event to the United States,” said Belskus. “This can only help elevate the profile in America of this thrilling form of motorsport, which will benefit all existing MotoGP races in this country and enhance the global prestige of the World Championship. We're committed to the growth of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and motorcycle road racing in the United States."
Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Laguna Seca, emphasised the Californian circuit's links to MotoGP but also acknowledged that attendance had been 'hindered' by the economic crisis.
“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brought MotoGP to the United States in 2005 and we welcome the addition of a third venue in anticipation of expanding the World Championship to a broader audience,” said Campbell.
“There's no denying that our country's and state's economic condition the past two years has hindered attendance growth. I am hopeful that this expansion into a new demographic is a sign that fans and corporate sponsors are intensifying their support of the world's best motorcycle racers.”
No mention was made by Dorna of the two present US MotoGP venues upon confirming a ten-year deal for the Austin event.
Spain is the only country with more MotoGP rounds than the USA, hosting four of the 18 events in 2011. Italy, like America, has two races.
Construction of the new Austin track is scheduled for completion sometime in mid 2012, in time for its first F1 race.