Apr 12, 2011
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(Fromt left): Tavo Hellmund, Kevin Schwantz, Carmelo Ezpeleta and Javier Alonso. Photo courtesy of MotoGP.com.
Ten-year deal signed for new Circuit of the Americas™ in Austin includes the three classes of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP)
Dorna Sports, S.L., 3FourTexasMGP, LLC and Full Throttle Productions, LP are pleased to announce the historic signing of a 10 year contract bringing MotoGP to the new Circuit of the Americas™ facility in Austin, Texas, from 2013.
This agreement includes the three categories of the World Championship; the MotoGP class -the pinnacle of motorcycling-, Moto2 and Moto3.
The addition of a 10 year MotoGP deal is coupled with the already scheduled ten year deal to host the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, for which the Circuit of the Americas™ in Austin, Texas is currently under construction.
Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, S.L. said "We are delighted to be adding the Circuit of the Americas™ to the MotoGP calendar. It's an honour to expand our Championship to Texas, which has a rich history of producing World Championship riders. We have had a wonderful and special relationship with Kevin (Schwantz) for twenty years and often talked about a mutual dream of increasing the popularity of MotoGP in the U.S. and raising our already successful worldwide profile. Now, with what Tavo Hellmund (Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions) is doing in Austin, we have realised that situation and are looking forward to this new venture together. The 10 year agreement is a sign of our confidence and commitment to the future success of MotoGP racing in Austin."
"For me this is a dream come true, that the FIM MotoGP World Championship will be in my home state of Texas. I am such a believer in the sport and know how popular motorcycling is in Texas. I am sure that this will be a resounding long term success," stated Mr. Kevin Schwantz, Manager of 3FourTexas MGP, and LLC and the 1993 FIM MotoGP World Champion.
Mr. Hellmund, who has worked hard to bring MotoGP to Texas, stated: "We are extremely pleased to add the best motorcycle World Championship to our annual schedule. This is a fantastic opportunity for the State of Texas and this region and I believe it is the first time in American Motorsports history that both the cars and the motorbikes world championships are held at the same facility annually. We are very proud of becoming the United States international facility for motorsports".
"Kevin and I have been close friends for a long time and I enjoy a great relationship with Carmelo. I respect so much what they (Dorna) and the FIM have done for MotoGP globally. It's going to be great for the State, the product is fantastic and you never know, we may even have a reigning Texan in Ben Spies as World Champion for our first event"¦that would be icing on the cake" concluded Mr. Hellmund.
Construction of the new facility is progressing well and is scheduled for completion sometime in mid 2012, in time for the first Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™.
For a sporting event on the scale of a Grand Prix, Austin provides an ideal site being perfectly located for North, South and Central American visitors and also being well served by international flights. The close proximity of the downtown area, airport, circuit and hotels offers a fantastic and highly convenient setting.Upon its completion the new Circuit of the Americas™ will be the only "Grade 1" listed facility in the US, and the event will be coordinated by one of the most experienced promoters in the industry which holds a 40-year history within various prominent international racing series.
More, from a press release issued by Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
JEFF BELSKUS STATEMENT ABOUT AUSTIN MotoGP ANNOUNCEMENT
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus about the announcement April 12 by Dorna Sports that a MotoGP World Championship event will take place at the circuit under construction in Austin, Texas, starting in 2013:
"We're pleased to learn of the addition of another MotoGP event to the United States. This can only help elevate the profile in America of this thrilling form of motorsport, which will benefit all existing MotoGP races in this country and enhance the global prestige of the World Championship. We're committed to the growth of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and motorcycle road racing in the United States."
2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets: 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets are on sale now.
To buy tickets, visit , call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Ticket office and phone hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
The 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 at IMS.
Race Day general admission tickets cost $40, with Friday general admission $10 and Saturday general admission $20. A three-day general admission ticket is $60. A Friday-Saturday general admission ticket is $25.
Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the three days of the event when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.
Race Day reserved seat prices will start at $70.
More, from a press release issued by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
Statement Regarding Announcement that MotoGP World Championship Expands to New Austin, Texas Track in 2013
MONTEREY, Calif., April 12, 2011 The following statement is attributable to Ms. Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 54-year old road course is the current site of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring MotoGP World Championship, annually staging the World Championship class since 2005.
"Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brought MotoGP to the United States in 2005 and we welcome the addition of a third venue in anticipation of expanding the World Championship to a broader audience. There's no denying that our country's and state's economic condition the past two years has hindered attendance growth. I am hopeful that this expansion into a new demographic is a sign that fans and corporate sponsors are intensifying their support of the world's best motorcycle racers."
2011 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 22-24
The MotoGP World Championship returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the rising stars of AMA Pro Racing Series for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 22-24. This year marks the seventh consecutive visit for MotoGP and AMA racing together in Monterey.
For tickets, hospitality packages and parking, visit MazdaRaceway.com or call 800-327-7322. Children under 12 are admitted free to general admission and paddock areas when accompanied by a paying adult.