MotoGP eyes new global venues
|By Michele Lostia and Matt Beer||Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 10:30 GMT|
Singapore, India, Abu Dhabi and the new Formula 1 venue in Texas are among MotoGP's expansion targets, according to series boss Carmelo Ezpeleta.
The Dorna chief said that while European circuits - which currently host 12 of the 18 rounds - would remain the backbone of the calendar, he was eager to expand MotoGP's global reach, and to cut the number of races in Iberia. After the collapse of the Hungarian GP project, Spain has ended up with four races in 2010 and 2011, with the Aragon track becoming a stand-in.
"We'll go to new countries, even though I think we must keep our European roots," said Ezpeleta in an interview with Motosprint.
"For sure we don't want go on for long with five GPs in the Iberian Peninsula: five races between Spain and Portugal are too many."
AUTOSPORT revealed last month that Abu Dhabi F1 venue Yas Marina was in talks with MotoGP, and Ezpeleta identified this track as one of four potential non-European options.
"All the countries we are talking to are outside Europe," he said.
"Singapore is designing a new track, India is already building one, Abu Dhabi is interested.
"Also, we are in contact with an American promoter who is planning construction of a circuit in Texas, where F1 will race too."