Provisional 2010 MotoGP calendar

Laguna Seca on July 25, Indy on Aug. 29

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 28, 2009
The International Motorcycling Federation has released a provisional calendar for the 2010 MotoGP season.

The 18-round schedule starts April 11, 2010 with an evening race under the lights of the Losail circuit in Qatar and ends with the Nov. 7, 2010 finale in Valencia, Spain.

The U.S Grand Prix at Laguna Seca will be held July 25, 2010 instead of the Fourth of July weekend as it was held this year at the Monterrey, Calif., circuit. Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host MotoGP Aug. 29, just two rounds after Laguna Seca.

The British Grand Prix will move to the Silverstone Circuit and will be moved up to June 6 as the sixth round, compared to the 2009 race held July 26 in Donington Park as round ten.

The Motorland Aragon circuit will fill in should another circuit be unable to host its event.The Hungarian Grand Prix, originally scheduled to join the MotoGP tour in the 2009 season on Sept. 20, has been penciled in for Sept. 19 2010. The 2009 event was cancelled after construction of the Balatonring in Savoly, Hungary, fell behind schedule due to the global financial crisis.

When the Hungarian Grand Prix was cancelled, the FIM had no replacement f or it on the schedule, not even Shanghai, China, the stop Hungary replaced on the 2009 MotoGP calendar. The FIM is prepared for a race cancellation by naming the Motorland Aragon Circuit as a reserve location. The Alcaniz, Spain circuit is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the fall. Should a circuit be unable to host the MotoGP at its scheduled date, the Motorland Aragon will take its place, potentially adding a fourth Spanish stop to the 2010 MotoGP calendar.