The Turkish Grand Prix has been dropped from the next year's MotoGP calendar, as widely expected.
The 2008 provisional calendar of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, announced today by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, sees the Portugal race moving up from its September slot to take the place of Turkey in April.
The Istanbul Park venue was taken over by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone last April, followed by Dorna chairman Carmelo Ezpeleta saying that no decision was taken about its inclusion in the 2008 calendar.
The recently announced Indianapolis Grand Prix will take the vacant slot left by the Estoril race with a September 14 date, meaning that there will again be 18 races next year.
The Netherlands Grand Prix at Assen will again take place on a Saturday, while the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca will again exclude the 125cc and 250cc classes.
Dates Grand Prix Circuit March 9 Qatar Doha/Losail March 30 Spain Jerez de la Frontera April 20 Portugal Estoril May 4 China Shanghai May 18 France Le Mans June 1 Italy Mugello June 8 Catalunya Montmelo June 22 Great Britain Donington Park June 28 ** Netherlands Assen July 13 Germany Sachsenring July 20 United States * Laguna Seca August 17 Czech Republic Brno August 31 San Marino Misano September 14 Indianapolis Indianapolis September 28 Australia Phillip Island October 5 Japan Motegi October 19 Malaysia Sepang November 2 Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia *: Only MotoGP class **: Saturday