With MotoGP™ only a few months away, it is time to figure out what Championship race is coming near you… or won’t be as of 2014. This year’s schedule has some major changes ompared to 2013, with some exciting new additions, lineup variations and shocking eliminations!
The 2014 series will launch in the Middle East with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on March 23, and will once again conclude in Spain with the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana on November 9. The majority of the 19 races are held in Europe (9), followed by North America, South America and Italy, with two races each, along with one race each in the Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
Europe not only hosts the series finale, but dominates the 2014 MotoGP™ calendar with nine races held in numerous countries throughout the continent. There will be four races in Spain (Jerez, Catalunya, Aragon and Valencia), two in Italy (Mugello and San Marino), and one in each of the following countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
The European series races include the following:
• May 4: Gran Premio bwin de Espana (Spain)
• May 18: Monster Energy Grand Prix de France (France)
• June 1: Gram Premio D’Italia Tim (Italy)
• June 15: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (Spain)
• June 28: TT Assen (Netherlands)
• July 13: eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland (Germany)
• Aug. 17: bwin Gran Prix Ceske Republiky (Czech Republic)
• Aug. 31: Hertz British Grand Prix (Great Britain)
• Sept. 14: Gran Premio di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini (Italy)
• Sept. 21: Gran Premio de Aragon (Spain)
• Nov. 9: FINALE - Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana (Spain)
In 2013, North America hosted three of the MotoGP™ Championship races, all in the United States. In 2014, only two races will take place in the U.S. because the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was eliminated from the MotoGP™ calendar.
The two races left will be returning to Austin, Texas and Indianapolis, which are both very well-known tracks, loved by fans and drivers. Austin, Texas holds the Circuit of The Americas™ track, which hosted the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas for the first time last April. The new track and event had an outstanding turnout, which is why the series will be back in Austin on April 13, as the second race of the season once again.
The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix is the second U.S. race, and will mark the mid-way point of the series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 10.
South America has a lot to be excited about this series as it joins the MotoGP™ Championship Series with two new races in Argentina and Brazil! MotoGP™ returns to Argentina for the first time since 1999, at the newly-built Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina will be the third race of the season on April 27.
Another addition to the 2014 race calendar is set for September 28, at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet circuit in Brazil. The Grande Premio do Brasil will also be a returning race for the first time in 10 years!
The final four series races are on their own as the only MotoGP™ Championship Series race in their respective countries. The first will be the launch of the season at the Losail Circuit in Qatar, as mentioned above. The additional races will take place in October as three of the final four races of the season, putting a high level of importance on each of the country’s grand prixs.
The final races are listed below:
• Oct. 12: Airasia Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi (Asia)
• Oct. 19: Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island (Australia)
• Oct. 26: Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit (Southeast Asia)