2012 Provisional MotoGP Championship Calendar Released

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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:

Dates Grand Prix Track
April 15th Qatar* Doha/Losail
April 29th Spain (STC) Jerez de la Frontera
May 6th Portugal (STC) Estoril
May 20th France Le Mans
June 3rd Catalunya Catalunya
June 17th Great Britain Silverstone
June 30th Netherlands** Assen
July 8th Germany (STC) TBC
July 15th Italy Mugello
July 29th United States*** Laguna Seca
August 19th Indianapolis Indianapolis
August 26th Czech Rep. Brno
September 16th San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano
September 30th Aragon Motorland
October 14th Japan Motegi
October 21st Malaysia Sepang
October 28th Australia Phillip Island
November 11th Valencia Ricardo Tormo – Valencia

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

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