2017 MotoGP Calendar Becomes Official

01/23/2017 @ 4:35 pm, by David Emmett5 COMMENTS

The 2017 MotoGP calendar is now officially confirmed. The FIM removed the provisional status of the calendar after Dorna finalized contracts with the two remaining circuits still left with an asterisk: Silverstone and Sepang.

The situation with Sepang had been settled earlier, with Sepang keen to retain a MotoGP race for the long term. Sepang has grown to become one of the best-attended races on the calendar. So large are the crowds that they now easily outnumber attendance for F1, which the circuit is trying to drop.

Silverstone was the last race to be finalized. Representatives from the Circuit of Wales, which holds the contract for the British round of MotoGP, had traveled to the Movistar Yamaha launch in Madrid, where they met with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

There, they finalized arrangements for this year’s round of MotoGP. Despite the Circuit of Wales still only existing on paper, the British round will continue to be nominally hosted by the circuit for as long as they keep complying with their financial obligations to Dorna. Until the circuit is finished, the race is likely to stay at Silverstone.

Below is the now official MotoGP calendar for 2017:

Date Grand Prix Venue
March 26th Qatar* Losail International Circuit
April 9th República Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
April 23rd Americas Circuit of The Americas
May 7th Spain Circuito de Jerez
May 21st France Le Mans
June 4th Italy Autodromo del Mugello
June 11th Catalunya Barcelona – Catalunya
June 25th Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
July 2nd Germany Sachsenring
August 6th Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno
August 13th Austria Red Bull Ring – Spielberg
August 27th Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
September 10th San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
September 24th Aragón MotorLand Aragón
October 15th Japan Twin Ring Motegi
October 22nd Australia Phillip Island
October 29th Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
November 12th Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo

* Night race

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2016 Tony Goldsmith / www.tonygoldsmith.net – All Rights Reserved

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