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No Indianapolis MotoGP for 2016
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and MotoGP rightsholders Dorna announced that there will not be a MotoGP event at the world famous facility in 2016.
In some unfortunate news for US MotoGP fans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and MotoGP rightsholders Dorna announced today that the IMS round has been dropped from the 2016 MotoGP calendar. This leaves the MotoGP event at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, during April as the sole remaining round in the US. With the former Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round in July being dropped from the MotoGP schedule last year due to the non-profit circuit management being unable to pay the already-discounted (but still very expensive) sanctioning fee from Dorna, the huge travel costs for the MotoGP circus were falling squarely onto IMS's shoulders via its own even more expensive sanctioning fee. Despite increased attendance figures for the recent 2015 event, the Indiana facility decided it could no longer justify that financial burden.
The IMS round has been replaced by a race at Austria's Red Bull Ring (formerly known as the Österreichring and then the A-1 Ring).
Below is the press release from IMS:
Following eight years of delivering world class motorcycle racing, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will not be on the 2016 event schedule for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The award winning MotoGP event was first hosted at IMS in partnership with Dorna Sports in September of 2008. The cancellation of the race was a mutual decision by both parties.
“This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports,” said J. Douglas Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We are proud of our efforts to increase attendance in recent years and successfully host a truly international sporting and cultural event. We’re also thankful to Dorna Sports for its strong support and partnership since 2008. However, the timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the Speedway and our Central Indiana economy.”
In 2014, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix earned recognition from Dorna as the “Best Grand Prix” of the 2014 season, becoming the first North American race to earn this honor. The redesigned and improved IMS road course, as well as supporting events such as Motorcycles on Meridian helped secure this recognition.
However, following the removal of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the MogoGP schedule in 2014, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix became the only summer MotoGP event in North America for the last two seasons. This caused both financial and logistical challenges that no longer made the event viable for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, removing the Indianapolis race became key to Dorna’s efforts to expand both the number of events it hosts and the geographic diversity of its schedule.
“Bringing MotoGP to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a tremendously rewarding experience,” said Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer Carmelo Ezpeleta. “The historic track, professional staff and welcoming host community produced an annual event that was enjoyed by all. While both sides recognize it’s the right time to pause this relationship, the door is not closed on future collaborations together should current circumstances change.”
Fans who renewed tickets for 2016 following the 2015 race will receive full reimbursements. Ticket holders seeking additional information can call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700.
IMS is now exploring new racing events and concerts for 2016 and beyond. Central to next year’s schedule is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, an unrivaled celebration of sporting excellence, tradition and many years of compelling racing to come. It is also supported by longstanding events including the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard and recent additions such as the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.
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