No Indianapolis MotoGP race in 2016

It’s been a rumour for a long time, and now it’s confirmed. MotoGP and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have parted ways.

MotoGP’s press release gave no specific reason for the move. Track president J. Douglas Boles said “This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports,” but gave no further explanation in the release. Dorna officials didn’t explain the move either, although the press release hinted the move came down to timing. With the Laguna Seca round canceled in 2014, the Indy race stood as the lone US stop on the route in mid-summer (the Circuit of the Americas round is earlier in the season).

As a result, it had become an expensive stop for MotoGP, with teams requiring trans-atlantic transport for only one race.

Although fans of the Indianapolis weekend might be disappointed in the news, the MotoGP press release did say the door for future cooperation was not closed. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the race return in the future, running the weekend before or after the Texan MotoGP race.


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