2012 Provisional MotoGP Championship Calendar Released

09/15/2011 @ 7:43 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

The 2012 provisional MotoGP calendar is out, and while all the basic locations remain the same, next season does see some shuffling in the order of things. While everything is still subject to some change, perhaps the biggest change on the roster for next year are the back-to-back US rounds, which sees the Indy GP moved up a week, and the Czech GP moved down the calendar to accommodate for one solitary trip to the United States. Allowing for a more streamlined supply chain for the MotoGP traveling circus, this change should be a welcomed one in the GP paddock as teams, journalists, and support crew won’t have to make two trips to the US in quick succession.

The other big change of note is the “TBC” for the venue to host the German GP. With Sachsenring reportedly out of the 2012 calendar because of event unprofitability, it remains to be seen whether Hockenheim or Nurburgring will replace it for next year. Should another German venue not be secured, it is entirely possible that we could see the German GP dropped from the MotoGP calendar in perpetuity. Speaking of dropping off the calendar, with Jerez still dealing with its creditor issues, it is also entirely possible thst we could see the Spanish round dropped from the final calendar as well, making this provisional calendar carrying a heavy emphasis on the word provisional.

2012 Provisional MotoGP World Championship Calendar:

DatesGrand PrixTrack
April 15thQatar*Doha/Losail
April 29thSpain (STC)Jerez de la Frontera
May 6thPortugal (STC)Estoril
May 20thFranceLe Mans
June 3rdCatalunyaCatalunya
June 17thGreat BritainSilverstone
June 30thNetherlands**Assen
July 8thGermany (STC)TBC
July 15thItalyMugello
July 29thUnited States***Laguna Seca
August 19thIndianapolisIndianapolis
August 26thCzech Rep.Brno
September 16thSan Marino & Riviera di RiminiMisano
September 30thAragonMotorland
October 14thJapanMotegi
October 21stMalaysiaSepang
October 28thAustraliaPhillip Island
November 11thValenciaRicardo Tormo – Valencia

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

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • Jake Fox

    That’s a bummer about Sachsenring. It’s one of my favorite tracks.

  • Alexontwowheels

    Where’s Indy, on this blog it was reported that they renewed that contract!

  • Uhhh…right there after Laguna Seca?

  • Alexontwowheels

    Um. yep. there it is. Right where it says “Indianapolis”. I are special.

  • Anyone know why the 125s and 600s don’t race at Laguna Seca? Originally I thought it was a cost savings issue, but if the smaller bikes have to come to America anyways for Indy, why not do Laguna Seca as well?