Brazil MotoGP Round to Be Cancelled?

01/23/2014 @ 12:36 pm, by David Emmett10 COMMENTS

Brazil MotoGP Round to Be Cancelled? brazil flag 635x357

Though widely expected, it appears that the Brazil round of MotoGP is on the verge of being canceled. Reports in Italy, on both Motosprint and InfoMotoGP, suggest that the company granted the contract to organize the Brazilian GP has not been able to secure the funding to renovate the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet circuit in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital (not to be confused with the circuit of the same name in Jacarepagua, near Rio de Janeiro).

It was known when the contracts were signed that the circuit in Brasilia would need a lot of work done, both in terms of safety improvements and to bring the facilities up to Grand Prix level. According to the reports from Italy, no work has been done on the circuit, and the company involved is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Motosprint reports that there are proposals from Brazil to relocate the race to the Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna in Goiania, but those proposals face the same difficulties: not enough money to carry out the necessary updates.

The dropping of the Brazil round of MotoGP would come as no surprise. Speaking off the record, sources confirmed to us that none of the teams have yet made any plans to travel to Brazil for the race.

If Brazil is dropped, it will cause a minor reshuffle of the calendar. With Misano, Aragon and Brazil currently scheduled to run on consecutive weekends, the Aragon round looks likely to be postponed a week to the 28th September, the date currently penciled in for Brazil.

This would also mean that the Aragon MotoGP round would no longer clash with the 24 hours of Le Mans motorcycle race, probably the most important race on the World Endurance Championship calendar.

Photo: Motosprint & InfoMotoGP

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. jkedsnake says:

    Bring it back to Laguna…

  2. Norm G. says:

    re: “According to the reports from Italy, no work has been done on the circuit, and the company involved is on the verge of bankruptcy.”

    SHOCKING…!

    re: “Speaking off the record, sources confirmed to us that none of the teams have yet made any plans to travel to Brazil for the race.”

    speaking on the record, this was always a non-starter.

  3. hdab says:

    it’s not surprising at all. just some notes: jacarepaguá is a district of rio de janeiro, not a city near it.

  4. Conrice says:

    If they cancel Brazil, incentivize Laguna to build up the infield to house all of the GP classes

  5. Mitch says:

    Too bad, could you imagine how smoking the local Brazil talent would be for the umbrella girls?

  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “Too bad, could you imagine how smoking the local Brazil talent would be for the umbrella girls?”

    yup, we’ve already been there.

  7. smiler says:

    Good excuse for another round in Spain.

    Even better one at Brands or Spa. Sort the men from the boys.

    Seems motorsport is more popular in the US and Europe than was previously thought.

  8. Annie says:

    Thanks for the update. It ‘s too bad that the race might not go forward but if it’s not up to date there’s no point anyways. At least there are other options for drivers and the audience.

  9. Random says:

    Not really surprising, nothing has changed on the circuit up until now. Guess they found it’s not very easy to renew a circuit in the same year 12 soccer stadiums (world cup) and the third largest hydroelectric in the world are being built or renovated.

  10. Norm G. says:

    re: “Guess they found it’s not very easy to renew a circuit in the same year 12 soccer stadiums (world cup) and the third largest hydroelectric in the world are being built or renovated.”

    see Webster’s entry for “Juggernaut”.

    http://www.rio2016.org/en