America to host three races in 2013 as Texas gets green light

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Three MotoGP races will be held in America in 2013 after it was confirmed the Circuit of the Americas clash in Texas will definitely go ahead.

The race will be staged on April 21 and is likely to be the second round of next year’s world championship with major doubts about whether a scheduled race in Argentina will go ahead on April 14.

The Circuit of the Americas, which joins Laguna Seca and Indianapolis on the MotoGP schedule, is located near Austin and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said: “We are excited to be working with Circuit of The Americas to expand our programming in the United States and bring our series to an exceptional new Grand Prix facility in Texas.

“We see tremendous opportunities to market MotoGP and grow its fan-base through this agreement and know Circuit of The Americas is the right promoter to help us achieve that goal.”

Confirmation that the Texas round will go ahead means half of the 2013 world championship will be staged in just three countries, with nine of the 18 rounds taking place in Spain, America and Italy.

The Circuit of the Americas will host its first Formula One event in mid-November and the MotoGP race is going ahead despite an imminent legal fight with Kevin Schwantz over promotional rights to the event.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt