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Brazil set for 2014 MotoGP return

"Brazil is one of the most important motorcycling markets in the world" - Carmeloa Ezpeleta, Dorna.
Brazil is set to return to the MotoGP calendar in 2014.

The nation last hosted a MotoGP event at Rio in 2004, but could now join another South American country, Argentina, in staging a return to the calendar next season.

The new Brazilian event has been pencilled in for the second half of 2014 and will be held at the Autodromo Nelson Piquet de Brasilia, subject to FIM Homologation.

A proposal from Brazilian authorities and local promoter IMX, outlining the project, will be presented to the Safety Commission during the upcoming race weekend of the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

It is then expected that the green light will be given to begin a full rebuilding project on the Brasilia circuit, which would commence in December 2013 and conclude in April or May of 2014

"Brazil is one of the most important motorcycling markets in the world," said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. "It is in South America, so the time schedule is very good for the television coverage, but it has also been a wish of the whole MotoGP family for many years and is a very important matter for us. Until now it has been impossible because, as everybody knows, the most important thing for us is safety.

“I think it is really fantastic. It is an important project for us. Right now Brazil is involved in many big projects, such as the football World Cup and the Olympic Games, so it is also very important for them – not just the Federal Government, but also promoter IMX which is one of the most important promoter companies in the world and of course the most important in South America; they are committed to doing a fantastic job.”

Valentino Rossi, who won the former Rio Grand Prix six times in all classes, made clear his support for the country's return during a PR visit for Yamaha earlier this year (pictured):

"It's a great pleasure to be back in Brazil. I still have good memories of the GPs I rode here. Brazilians deserve a race, as their passion for MotoGP is without equal!"

The addition of two new events will increase speculation regarding which of the present venues will be dropped, with an increase in the present 18-round line-up appearing unpopular.

Earlier this year Ezpeleta revealed plans for new MotoGP races in Asia and Brazil, while cutting back on events in the US (3) and Spain (3).

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August 20, 2013 10:09 AM

Laguna is probably one that will be dropped. Shame as it is a super location and although short, has great character & elevation changes. Problem is that the paddock is so small that they cannot run Moto2 & 3 which is the real killer. If a Spanish round went, it would probably be Aragon simply because it is the most remote of the venues. Personally I'd prefer to see Aragon kept and Valencia dropped but that is unlikely to happen. Overall though its got to be a good thing to see the races more dispersed and greater focus on the southern hemisphere. It is meant to be a 'world' championship after all.

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