The FIA's decision to move the 2004 British F1 Grand Prix from July 4 to July 11 - to avoid a clash with the Wimbledon (tennis) and Euro 2004 (football) finals - has resulted in the FIM moving the British Motorcycle Grand Prix, due to be held on July 11, to avoid a UK motorsport double booking.

The Donington Park event will now be held on the previously vacant July 25 slot, but the changes don't stop there since in order to make such a move, the date of the Rio Grand Prix has also been changed.

The Brazilian race was to take place on (Saturday) July 31, but it has now been shifted into the previously spare (Sunday) July 4 date. The switch to a Sunday race is designed to help teams get from Assen (on Saturday) to Brazil by the following Friday, for the first qualifying sessions, but it will still be tight.

The German Grand Prix and Dutch TT remain unchanged - on July 18 and June 26 respectively - meaning that Assen and Rio, then (following a one weekend break) Germany and Great Britain, will now be back-to-back events.

"We are delighted that once again we have a key mid-season date for our Grand Prix when the championship action is reaching an exciting and crucial stage," said a Donington Park spokesman, adding: "the feel for the event is extremely positive and in a month of major sporting appeal we are confident of building on the huge success of this year."

The 2003 British Motorcycling Grand Prix attracted a crowd of 72,000 on raceday and 107,020 over the three days.

The revised calendar can be seen below:

Revised 2004 MotoGP calendar:

April 18South Africa Welkom
May 2Spain Jerez de la Frontera
May 16FranceLe Mans
June 6ItalyMugello
June 13CatalunyaCatalunya
June 26 *NetherlandsAssen
July 4RioJacarepagu?
July 18 GermanySachsenring
July 25 Great BritainDonington Park
August 22Czech Rep. Brno
September 5PortugalEstoril
September 19JapanMotegi
October 2 *QatarQatar
October 10MalaysiaSepang
October 17AustraliaPhillip Island
October 31ValenciaRicardo Tormo - Valencia

* = Saturday race.

 

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