Brazil MotoGP Round On Verge Of Cancellation?

Though widely expected, it appears that the Brazil round of MotoGP is on the verge of being canceled. Reports in Italy, on both Motosprint and InfoMotoGP, suggest that the company granted the contract to organize the Brazilian GP has not been able to secure the funding to renovate the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet circuit in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital (not to be confused with the circuit of the same name in Jacarepagua, near Rio de Janeiro).

It was known when the contracts were signed that the circuit in Brasilia would need a lot of work done, both in terms of safety improvements and to bring the facilities up to Grand Prix level. According to the reports from Italy, no work has been done on the circuit, and the company involved is on the verge of bankruptcy. Motosprint reports that there are proposals from Brazil to relocate the race to the Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna in Goiania, but those proposals face the same difficulties: not enough money to carry out the necessary updates.

The dropping of the Brazil round of MotoGP would come as no surprise. Speaking off the record, sources confirmed to MotoMatters that none of the teams have yet made any plans to travel to Brazil for the race. If Brazil is dropped, it will cause a minor reshuffle of the calendar. With Misano, Aragon and Brazil currently scheduled to run on consecutive weekends, the Aragon round looks likely to be postponed a week to the 28th September, the date currently penciled in for Brazil. This would also mean that the Aragon MotoGP round would no longer clash with the 24 hours of Le Mans motorcycle race, probably the most important race on the World Endurance Championship calendar.

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I hope something happens to get that race going. I have my own selfish reasons for wanting the race to happen. But judging from a lot of riders attitudes about Brazil, most would race in Brazil with minimal improvements due to the race being in Brazil.

Jerez signed for 2014 and 2015, and the rest (Aragon, Barcelona, Valencia) are scheduled for the next three years. I wonder which one will be dropped, if at all. 19 rounds means more exposure and money for Dorna. And more problems for the 5 engines allowed with the factory option machines.

Work started at the racetrack in Goiania back in October, so there is a possibility the race could happen there. Meanwhile, in Brasilia, all they have done was to have a public bidding to see who would do the work, as it is a publicly funded enterprise. If you ask the people involved here they will tell you they are on schedule, as the May inspection will focus on the track alone, not the whole facility. From where I stand, it looks highly unlikely.

While it is nice that the MotoGP round would not conflict with the 24 Hours race, I suspect that all of the riders have clauses in their contracts that prevent them from racing in any other series (or even in a different class - no Moto2 and MotoGP riders at the same time). If I am wrong please let me know because as a fan I would pay a lot to see if Rossi and Jorge and Marquez could keep up their level of perfection for a 3 hour stint.

I assume any conflict concerns have to do with splitting broadcasts, fans, journalist and media coverage, etc., not the actual riders.