The FIM has today released the final, official version of the 2014 MotoGP calendar. As expected, the Brazil round has been dropped, after it became clear that construction work at the Autodromo Nelson Piquet in Brasilia would not be completed in time for the September round.
To ease the congestion in that part of the season, the date of the Aragon round has now been pushed back a week, and will take place on 28th September, the date originally scheduled for Brazil.
The dropping of the Brazil round had been expected almost from the moment it was placed on the schedule. There were serious doubts that the circuit would be able to make the necessary changes in time for September 2014, and teams were informed of the doubts which Dorna and IRTA had.
The inclusion of Brazil was a statement of intent, with both Dorna and the manufacturers keen to return to South America, as both Brazil and Argentina are key markets. Actually racing in Brazil will depend one of the circuits still in the country being able to make the necessary modifications to make it safe enough for Grand Prix motorcycles.
Final 2014 MotoGP Championship Calendar:
|27 April||Argentina||Termas de Rio Hondo|
|04 May||Spain||Jerez de la Frontera|
|18 May||France||Le Mans|
|15 June||Catalunya||Barcelona- Catalunya|
|28 June||Netherlands**||TT Assen|
|10 August||Indianapolis GP||Indianapolis|
|17 August||Czech Republic||Brno|
|31 August||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|14 September||San Marino & Riviera di Rimini||Marco Simoncelli Misano|
|19 October||Australia||Phillip Island|
|09 November||Valencia||Ricardo Tormo-Valencia|
* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
Source: FIM; Photos: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved
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