Dorna plans US triple-header, no Abu Dhabi

Published: 06 July 2011

America could have three races on the MotoGP world championship calendar in 2013, while plans to race in Abu Dhabi have been scrapped.

The Laguna Seca circuit in California has a contract to host the American Grand Prix until the end of 2014, while Dorna has just signed a ten-year deal with the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas that is due to commence in 2013.

Most thought the Indianapolis round would be axed from the calendar with a short-term deal with the iconic circuit ending in 2011.

But Dorna boss Carmela Ezpeleta said: "We are talking with Indianapolis to renew now and it would be for more than one year."

Plans to host a future Middle East Bike Week have been put on hold indefinitely with talks on racing at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi stopping.

The race was due to run back-to-back with Qatar from next year or ’13 but Ezpeleta told MCN: "Abu Dhabi at the moment has stopped and we don’t continue with the talks with them. They are not ready to make the works needed for MotoGP."

Ezpeleta confirmed to MCN he expected the 2012 MotoGP series would remain unchanged next year and run over the current 18-round format, though doubts remains over the Estoril race in Portugal.