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Record 19 rounds on provisional 2014 MotoGP calendar

2 October 2013

A provisional version of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship calendar has been announced.

The new events in Argentina and Brazil are both listed. Argentina's return - after a one year postponement - is officially confirmed, while Brazil is 'Subject to Homologation', pending modifications to the Brasilia circuit. The Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez is again 'Subject to Contract', as was the case last year.

As recently revealed, Laguna Seca has lost its place. However all the other 17-events from this season are present, meaning the MotoGP schedule is set to reach 19-events - the biggest ever line-up.

Increases in the MotoGP calendar are rare. The championship consisted of 16-rounds from 1999-2004, reached 17 for 2005-2006 and has comprised of 18 rounds for all but one season since.

As Herve Poncharal recently explained, expanding the race calendar is the main way to increase MotoGP's financial health - a tactic already employed by F1, which is planning a record 22-round season in 2014.

Spain (four) will still host the most MotoGP rounds next year, followed by two each for the US and Italy.

As is now traditional, the season will begin with the Qatar night race, at the earlier date of March 23, and conclude in Valencia on November 9. Two sets of three back-to-back events feature prior to Valencia.

The calendar could yet change. As well as the 'to be confirmed' events, the MotoGP schedule could react to further changes in the proposed F1 calendar.

Provisional 2014 MotoGP calendar:
Round 1: 23 March Qatar* Doha/Losail
Round 2: 13 April Americas Austin
Round 3: 27 April Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo
Round 4: 04 May Spain (STC) Jerez de la Frontera
Round 5: 18 May France Le Mans
Round 6: 1 June Italy Mugello
Round 7: 15 June Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya
Round 8: 28 June Netherlands** TT Assen
Round 9: 13 July Germany Sachsenring
Round 10: 10 August Indianapolis GP Indianapolis
Round 11: 17 August Czech Republic Brno
Round 12: 31 August Great Britain Silverstone
Round 13: 14 September San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Marco Simoncelli Misano
Round 14: 21 September Aragon MotorLand Aragon
Round 15: 28 September Brazil (STH) Brasilia
Round 16: 12 October Malaysia Sepang
Round 17: 19 October Japan Motegi
Round 18: 26 October Australia Phillip Island
Round 19: 09 November Valencia Ricardo Tormo-Valencia

* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
STC (Subject to the Contract)
STH (Subject to the Homologation)


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