MotoGP Plans for Brazil Round in 2014

August 20, 2013

By Byron Wilson

MotoGP plans to further increase its presence in South America during the 2014 season with a stop at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasilia in Brazil. In July 2013 Dorna confirmed plans to take the series to Argentina, an announcement highlighted by Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera and Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista taking to the new circuit for testing.

Directly after the 2013 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta visited with representatives of the region, including the Governor of the Federal District Agnelo dos Santo Queiroz Filho. In accord with promoter IMX, Brazilian authorities provided an outline of the proposed project, which will be presented in full to the Safety Commission during the GP stop at Silverstone later this season. Upon confirmation by the Commission, the Brasilia circuit will undergo a full rebuild starting in December 2013 with plans for completion in late spring 2014, at which point FIM Homologation will take place to finalize the late season round. MotoGP last visited Brazil during in 2004.

Carmelo Ezpeleta offered these remarks in a MotoGP press release:

“Brazil is one of the most important motorcycling markets in the world. It is in South America, so the time schedule is very good for the television coverage, but it has also been a wish of the whole MotoGP family for many years and is a very important matter for us. Until now it has been impossible because, as everybody knows, the most important thing for us is safety.

“I think it is really fantastic. It is an important project for us. Right now Brazil is involved in many big projects, such as the football World Cup and the Olympic Games, so it is also very important for them – not just the Federal Government, but also promoter IMX which is one of the most important promoter companies in the world and of course the most important in South America; they are committed to doing a fantastic job.”