The ongoing saga of the US GP looks set to be resolved in the coming months, with Dorna 'optimistic' that discussions with the Barber Motorsports Park facility will result in the return of MotoGP to the United States in 2005.

"We are very pleased with the continued growth in popularity of the MotoGP World Championship Series as evidenced by the increased attendance figures in 2003," began Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta when questioned about the progress of a US event.

"We are presently in discussions with the Barber Motorsports Park for 2005 and believe it to be in the best interest of the series to return to the United States. We are optimistic and anticipate further word on developments in early 2004," he added.

Gene Hallman, president of the Bruno Event Team - a sports marketing company that manages spectator events at Barber - confirmed that they hope to have a deal for 2005 wrapped up "by the Spring of 2004."

"The Barber Motorsports Park had an excellent year in 2003. The facility hosted two very successful spectator events culminating with the AMA Honda Superbike Classic, which attracted approximately 50,000 spectators," said Hallman, pointing to their experience of organising large events.

"With regard to MotoGP, we are confident that this facility would be an excellent location for a U.S. Grand Prix. We will continue our discussions with Dorna for a 2005 event and hope to have closure in the Spring of 2004," he declared.

The last US GP was held at Laguna Seca in 1994 (Mick Doohan pictured) and with five American riders' - Colin Edwards, John Hopkins, Nicky Hayden, plus Kurtis and Kenny Roberts - now confirmed for MotoGP in 2004 there is huge demand for a return.



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