Dorna open to Indianapolis leaving MotoGP schedule early

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The Indianapolis MotoGP race in August could be the last to be held at the legendary American motorsport venue, with Dorna open to the race ending its agreement one year early.

The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has been on the MotoGP world championship calendar since 2008 and in 2011 it signed a new three-year contract extension with Dorna until the end of next year.

But the lure of MotoGP at one of the world’s most famous sporting venues has not captured the imagination of the American public, and the race has seen a gradual decline in attendance.

The track surface at Indianapolis has also come on for scathing criticism from some riders despite the best efforts of management to improve the circuit.

In a recent interview, Indy owners confirmed the circuit had a brief window to opt out of its deal after this year’s event and while it intended to remain on the calendar in 2014, a full review would take place following the race on August 18.

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta said he is willing to discuss the situation with IMS management and the Spaniard told MCN: “We are always open to discuss with tracks the situation even if they have a contract. It depends on the situation with Indianapolis but all is completely open to discuss the future.”

With a new track in Argentina joining the MotoGP schedule in 2014, the potential loss of Indianapolis will still see the calendar remain in its current 18-round format.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt