Two key renewals for MotoGP

Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of MotoGP, has renewed a deal with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) which will see the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix remain on the MotoGP world championship calendar until at least 2014.

The three-year renewal guarantees at least two American rounds of MotoGP next year, the other being at Laguna Seca, and potentially three in 2013, when the new circuit in Austin, Texas is scheduled to host the series.

The home of the Indy 500 and Nascar's Brickyard 400 has been on the MotoGP calendar since 2008, the year after the Formula One race at Indianapolis was removed from the calendar.

The fifth annual Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix is scheduled for for the weekend of 17th to 19th August 2012, a week earlier than this year.

Meanwhile, the San Marino Grand Prix, where the contract was signed between Dorna and IMS chief executive Jeff Belskus this weekend, will remain on the MotoGP calendar until at least 2016 after a new five-year deal was struck.

At the completion of the new contract, San Marino will have hosted a round of MotoGP for 20 years, although not consecutively.

Commenting on the deal, Dorna Sports chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta said: “It is a pleasure to be here to renew the contract with the Misano World Circuit, to continue working with the Republic of San Marino, Riviera di Rimini and Santamonica S.p.a. and to be able to sign a deal in an economic period such as this.”

“We are highly satisfied with our relationship and we first started to speak about a renewal last year. The San Marino Grand Prix is a very important one for us and I am certain it will continue to get better and better with every year.”