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Nov 23, 2012

MotoGP Will Not Race In Argentina In 2013

Explanation about the non-inclusion of the Gran Premio de la República Argentina on the 2013 MotoGP™ calendar

The Gran Premio de la República Argentina, which was set to take place at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit early next year, has not been included on the 2013 calendar.

On June 20th 2012, the Spanish government recommended that teams and riders sponsored by Repsol should not travel to the República Argentina due to safety reasons. Therefore, the celebration of the 2013 Gran Premio de la República Argentina remained under suspension until such recommendation would be kept in force.

The deadline for Dorna Sports, commercial rights holder of the MotoGP™ World Championship, to officially propose the 2013 MotoGP calendar to FIM was November 18th.

On November 20th, the Spanish government notified through email sent to Dorna Sports the withdrawal of the above referred recommendation, when the time for the calendar presentation had already expired and therefore, there was no possibility to include a new MotoGP event.

Anyhow, Dorna Sports commits itself to include Gran Premio de la República Argentina on the 2014 calendar and onwards, to be approved by FIM subject to the homologation of the track which presumably shall take place within the first quarter of 2013.

Dorna Sports recognizes the Gran Premio de la República Argentina Promoter´s efforts regarding the satisfactorily termination of the construction works and the organization and promotion preliminary activities.

More, from a press release issued by FIM and Dorna:

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

2013 calendar, update 23 November (Changes in bold)

Date Circuit, Location

4/5-7 Losail Int'l Circuit, Qatar*
4/19-21 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA
5/3-5 Jerez, Spain (STC)
5/17-19 Le Mans, France
5/31-6/2 Mugello, Italy
6/14-16 Catalunya, Spain
6/27-29 Assen TT, Netherlands**
7/5-7 Sachsenring, Germany
7/19-21 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, USA***
8/16-18 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, USA
8/23-25 Brno, Czech Republic
8/30-9/1 Silverstone, Great Britain
9/13-15 Misano, San Marino
9/27-29 Motorland Aragon, Spain
10/11-13 Sepang, Malaysia
10/18-20 Phillip Island, Australia
10/25-27 Motegi, Japan
11/8-10 Valencia, Spain

* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
*** Only MotoGP class
STC (Subject to the Contract)
TBC (To be confirmed)