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Old 04-08-2011, 12:13 AM   #1
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By STEVEN COLE SMITH on 4/07/2011
If well-placed sources in Europe are correct, the MotoGP motorcycle world championship series will move its U.S. venue from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the new Formula One track under construction in Austin, Texas, probably in 2013.

Formula One United States and Full Throttle Productions, which are building the Texas track, have scheduled a press conference for April 12, and it is possible they will announce the MotoGP deal then, likely along with a name for the new track. Tavo Hellmund, chairman of F1US and managing partner of Full Throttle, declined to comment when reached by AutoWeek on Wednesday night.

MotoGP has raced at Indianapolis since 2008, with the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix scheduled for the last weekend in August. The other U.S. MotoGP race is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California a month earlier. The Austin race is expected to feature the top MotoGP class, as well as the 125-cc and 600-cc Moto2 classes. All three classes run at Indy, but Laguna races only the top MotoGP class, with the rest of the weekend made up of AMA races.

If both Formula One--which has a 10-year contract to race at the Austin facility beginning in 2012--and MotoGP compete at the Austin track, it will place both world-championship series at the same circuit in the United States, which never happened at Indianapolis, as F1--which raced at Indy from 2000 to 2007--ended its deal before MotoGP began in 2008. Indy announced its MotoGP deal on July 16, 2007, one week after F1 announced it would not return for the 2008 season.

The Madrid-based MotoGP is the two-wheel equivalent of F1, currently with an 18-race schedule in 14 countries. The championship is presently contested by riders for Ducati, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki. The series claimed an attendance of 2.2 million in 2010.

That the Austin track would host motorcycle racing is no surprise, as Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 world champion and winner of 25 Grand Prix motorcycle races, is one of Hellmund's partners and helped advise designer Tilke GmbH on the layout of the 3.4-mile, $200 million track.

Unlike F1, which has no American drivers, the 62-year-old MotoGP series has several U.S. stars, including Ben Spies (Yahama), Colin Edwards (Yamaha), Nicky Hayden (Ducati) and John Hopkins (Suzuki).


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Old 04-08-2011, 12:22 AM   #2
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Ya, you're a lil behind on that one. They've been doing work on it for at least 6 months now.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:22 AM   #3
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... looks like I'll be wrecking havoc with the family finances. The wife's gonna kill me...

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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Ya, you're a lil behind on that one. They've been doing work on it for at least 6 months now.
Yes but the announcement never came until now... well... next week.
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We are going to have the wildest motohouston meet EVER if we get motogp in austin!
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:28 AM   #6
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Ya, you're a lil behind on that one. They've been doing work on it for at least 6 months now.
Ya, I know. And no, I am NOT behind on anything.

This is a recent article on it. It is not offiicial yet.

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Yes but the announcement never came until now... well... next week.

What he said.
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MANY questions remain about financing of the track construction. I am optimistic. BUT. It is far from a done deal, regardless of the fact that a small amount of dirt has been moved. And construction did not begin until late December. Sorry to rain on parades......just keep your hopes in check and don't start taking time shares on Austin condos yet.....
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That shot would be badass. My wife think she hates me watching MotoGP racing on TV.......LOL
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:45 AM   #9
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My buddy has land/lives 10 min from the track.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:01 AM   #10
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sounds like a road trip, lol
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I'm scheduled for the F1 race next year....can't wait to add Moto GP to the mix in 2013.
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lol... dude, you made the original post.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/f...need-more-time
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I know. This is just an update. Nothing is for sure until its officially open and running.

Just cause those earlier plans were announced, it doesnt mean squat.
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looks like they planned to open much sooner originally.
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