The MotoGP will be coming to Texas in 2013, and it will keep coming back for the following ten years. Dorna Sports has just signed a ten year contract that will bring the premier motorcycle racing series to Austin, Texas, starting in 2013.
The Circuit of the Americas, a brand new circuit in Austin, Texas, will host all three categories of MotoGP racing. The MotoGP, Moto2, and the new Moto3 series will all be heading to Texas.
“We are delighted to be adding the Circuit of the Americas™ to the MotoGP calendar,” said Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “It’s an honor to expand our Championship to Texas, which has a rich history of producing World Championship riders.”
The 10 year deal was struck up by Dorna Sports, 3 Four Texas MGP, and Full Throttle Productions. The Circuit of the Americas track in Austin has not been completed yet, but it should be ready by the end of 2012.
“We have had a wonderful and special relationship with Kevin (Schwantz) for 20 years and often talked about a mutual dream of increasing the popularity of MotoGP in the U.S. and raising our already successful worldwide profile,” Ezpeleta continued. “Now, with what Tavo Hellmund ( the Managing Partner for Full Throttle Productions) is doing in Austin, we have realised that situation and are looking forward to this new venture together. The ten-year agreement is a sign of our confidence and commitment to the future success of MotoGP racing in Austin.”
The Circuit of the Americas track isn’t completed yet, but it already had a busy schedule. Not only will the MotoGP be racing at the Texas circuit for 10 consecutive years, but so will Formula 1 racing.
“For me this is a dream come true, that the MotoGP World Championship will be in my home state of Texas,” said Kevin Schwantz, Manager of 3 Four Texas MGP. “I am such a believer in the sport and know how popular motorcycling is in Texas. I am sure that this will be a resounding long term success."
The final player in the deal, Mr. Hellmund of Full Throttle Productions, was also ecstatic that the MotoGP would be coming to Texas.
“We are extremely pleased to add the best motorcycle World Championship to our annual schedule,” said Hellmund. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the State of Texas and this region and I believe it is the first time in American Motorsports history that both the car and motorbike World Championships are held at the same facility annually. We are very proud of becoming the United States international facility for motorsports.
“Kevin and I have been close friends for a long time and I enjoy a great relationship with Carmelo. I respect so much what Dorna and the FIM have done for MotoGP globally. It’s going to be great for the State, the product is fantastic and you never know, we may even have a reigning Texan in Ben Spies as World Champion for our first event… that would be icing on the cake.”
The MotoGP will be heading to the states for two rounds during the 2011 season, the first time at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, and the second time at Indianapolis. The MotoGP will continue to come to the Mazda Raceway until at least 2014. The MotoGP’s contract with Indianapolis ends this year, but if Dorna is truly pushing to get American fans more involved with the MotoGP, it’s possible that we see three American races in 2013.