Former MotoGP star Loris Capirossi provided the first look at the provisional 2013 MotoGP calendar today after posting it up on his Twitter account @LorisCapirossi1.
“Hey guys look at the provisional 2013 MotoGP calendar.” Thanks Loris Capirossi 65, don’t mind if we do.
Former MotoGP Ironman Capirossi, the only GP rider to surpass 300 starts, posted up the provisional 2013 MotoGP calendar on his Twitter account today. Though retired from racing, Capirossi now serves as Bridgestone’s Safety Advisor to Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
One noticeable absence is the lack of a third US round even though Dorna announced back in April that it had signed a 10-year contract to bring MotoGP to Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) facility. That whole situation has turned ugly and lawsuits between one of the primary promoters of the Austin round, former GP star Kevin Schwantz and Circuit of the Americas. Dorna is a third party in the argument but issued a statement in defense of COTA. Of course, this is a tentative schedule and two slots have yet to be decided, so we’ll have to wait to see how the situation pans out.
The other significant difference between the 2012 and 2013 MotoGP schedules is the absence of an Estoril round. MotoGP held its first competition at the Portuguese circuit back in 2000.
The dates and events listed in Capirossi’s Tweet follow:
1. 31 March Qatar * Doha/Losail
2. 14 April TBC
3. 21 April TBC
4. 5 May Spain (STC) Jerez de la Frontera
5. 19 May France Le Mans
6. 2 June Italy Mugello
7. 16 June Catalunya Catalunya
8. 29 June Netherlands** Assen
9. 14 July Germany Sachsenring
10. 21 July United States***Laguna Seca
11. 18 August Indianapolis Indianapolis
12. 25 August Czech Republic Brno
13. 1 September Great Britain Silverstone
14. 15 September San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Marco Simoncelli Misano
15. 29 September Aragon Motorland
16. 13 October Malaysia Sepang
17. 20 October Australia Phillip Island
18. 27 October Japan Motegi
19. 10 November Valencia Ricardo Tormo – Valencia
** Saturday Race
***Only MotoGP classs
STC (Subject to the Contract)
TBC (To be confirmed)