Indianapolis track may axe MotoGP race

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Want to watch MotoGP at Indianapolis? Maybe you should think about making it this year, as next year could be too late. Photo: MotoGP
Want to watch MotoGP at Indianapolis? Maybe you should think about making it this year, as next year could be too late. Photo: MotoGP

You how you’re always telling your buddies that you really ought to all get together and go watch MotoGP at Indianapolis? Well, you might want to consider it more seriously – the race could end after this year.

For a while now, there’s been talk that the Indianapolis stop might drop off the MotoGP schedule; usually, people blame the track’s conditions, saying it isn’t up to par for the race, and that the MotoGP circus doesn’t like facility. But that’s not the origin of the latest buzz.

In an interview with the Indy Star, Mark Miles, CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway parent company Hulman & Co., says he’s considering ending the race after this season, even though there’s a contract in place until the end of 2014. 

Supposedly, there’s a window of time his company can end the contract in after this year’s race.

““Our mindset now is that we’re going to go through 2014,” Miles told the Star, “But we’re going to look at this year and evaluate it right after.”

The Star says Miles actually blames his own company for the race’s lack of success at the Indianapolis venue; supposedly, he said they were too focused on the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar races, at the expense of other events at the track.

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  1. Well that sucks! This is the only chance I get to see one of these races live. There’s no chance in hell that i will be traveling to Texas or California to see them race. The fact that we ride down from Canada for 11 hours to make this whole weekend event affordable by not paying for airfare makes it great. I truly hope that they could do there part and market it better as it is a great event to see along with the motorcycles on Meridian event.

  2. Meanwhile, the lack of MotoGP buzz in North America means that sustaining 3 rounds is nearly impossible. Considering that Laguna Seca is the Fatherland of MotoGP racing in the US and that Austin has just signed on for a decent stint, Indy is on the ropes.

    Feels to me more like saving face than anything. Better for the venue to say, “Thanks, but no thanks” than to have Dorna say, “You’re out, folks.”

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