Sep 21, 2012
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FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
2013 provisional calendar
Date, Grand Prix, Circuit
31 March, Qatar*, Doha/Losail
14 April, TBC, TBC
21 April, TBC, TBC
05 May, Spain(STC), Jerez de la Frontera
19 May, France, Le Mans
2 June, Italy, Mugello
16 June, Catalunya, Catalunya
29 June, Netherlands**, Assen
14 July, Germany, Sachsenring
21 July, United States***, Laguna Seca
18 August, Indianapolis, Indianapolis
25 August, Czech Republic, Brno
01 September, Great Britain, Silverstone
15 September, San Marino & Riviera di Rimini, Marco Simoncelli Misano
29 September, Aragon, Motorland
13 October, Malaysia, Sepang
20 October, Australia, Phillip Island
27 October, Japan, Motegi
10 November, Valencia, Ricardo Tormo-Valencia
More, from a press release issued by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
MotoGP™ Roars Back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2013
World's Premier Motorcycle Series Continues Impressive Tradition at Circuit
MONTEREY, Calif., September 21, 2012 The MotoGP™ World Championship will make its ninth consecutive appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 19-21, 2013. The current agreement calls for the MotoGP World Championship series to continue at the highly acclaimed circuit through at least 2014.
"More than a hundred and fifty thousand fans flock to the Monterey Peninsula each year for the chance to see their motorcycle racing idols compete at our facility," says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. "The announcement of our dates allows enthusiasts who travel from around the world to begin planning their holiday to the States."
In 2012 MotoGP features an 18-round race series, visiting 13 countries and four continents with a global television coverage. This year, nine nationalities of riders lined a grid onboard prototype machines fielded by Yamaha, Ducati and Honda alongside the new Claiming Rule Teams (CRT) entries from Suter, ART, BQR-FTR, Ioda, APR and GPTech.
"We are extremely pleased to be returning to Laguna Seca during the 2013 MotoGP World Championship. Since our return to the iconic Californian track in 2005 we have continually had spectacular racing, thanks in no small part to infamous 'Corkscrew', one of the most entertaining corners on the GP calendar. Laguna Seca is a distinct challenge for riders and teams alike, and provides one of the best viewing pleasures for race fans around the world", said Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO.
This year's Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca saw reigning world champion, Repsol Honda Team's Casey Stoner, edge out rival Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory Racing for the win. Lorenzo is currently in a battle with his Spanish compatriot, Stoner's teammate, Dani Pedrosa for the 2012 World Championship with just five races to go in the season and a margin of 38 points between them.
"I always look forward to racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it is one of the very special races in the MotoGP year with an incredible track," says Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo. "There is no experience quite like riding down the corkscrew on my YZR-M1. My races have always been dramatic there with a fantastic victory two years ago and the fans have always been amazing and very supportive."
The 2013 season already is shaping up to be one of the most competitive on record. Seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi will return to Yamaha Factory Racing as teammate to Lorenzo, a partnership that in the past was somewhat antagonistic. Fans will also see Italian Andrea Dovizioso join American favorite Nicky Hayden at Ducati, Texan Ben Spies taking on a new challenge with the Ducati satellite team alongside Italian Andrea Iannone, while rookie Marc MÃ¡rquez will join fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda.
Tickets for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will go on sale in November and will be available online at or by calling the ticket office at 800.327.7322.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957 and has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501(c) 4 corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the hundreds of volunteer organizations that help put on the races.
More, from a press release issued by Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP SET FOR AUG. 16-18 ON 2013 MotoGP SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 - The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will be the 11th of 19 events in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, scheduled for Aug. 16-18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The sixth MotoGP race at IMS will take place on the same weekend as 2012, according to a provisional schedule released Sept. 21 by Dorna and the FIM.
For the second consecutive year, races in the United States will form the bookends of the traditional summer break for the world's most prestigious motorcycle series. The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix is scheduled for July 19-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., followed by three off weekends and then the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 16-18.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP starts one of two crucial stretches of races on three consecutive weekends in the second half of the season. Following the event at IMS are races Aug. 25 in the Czech Republic and Sept. 1 in Great Britain. Another run of three consecutive events takes place Oct. 13 in Malaysia, Oct. 20 in Australia and Oct. 27 in Japan.
The 2013 season starts with the sole night race, the Grand Prix of Qatar on March 31. The season finale is the Grand Prix of Valencia on Nov. 10.
While the event weekend of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP remains unchanged, there were significant alterations to the 2013 calendar. The schedule increased from 18 to 19 races. The Grand Prix of Portugal at Estoril was dropped, and two new events with locations to be confirmed will take place April 14 and April 21.
There will be three Americans on the MotoGP starting grid next season: 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies and Colin Edwards.
Hayden will ride for the prestigious Ducati Team, while Spies joins the new Ducati junior team. Edwards will return to NGM Mobile Forward Racing.
MotoGP features exciting racing by the world's best riders on exotic, 1000cc prototype motorcycles. World Championship support classes Moto2 and Moto3 will return to IMS in 2013. Other support classes will be announced in the future.
IMS is accepting ticket applications for the 2013 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Visit , call (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at .