Updated 2007 MotoGP Calendar

The FIM have announced that the 2007 MotoGP calendar has been revised. Most of the changes are fairly minor, but there are one or two bigger changes. In brief, Qatar is a week earlier, Turkey and China have switched places, and Australia and Malaysia have been moved up a week. The biggest change is to Portugal, which has been pulled forward to September, giving the paddock an extra week to recover from the three previous flyaways.

Whether this is truly the final version of the calendar remains to be seen. A lot of riders are unhappy at having to ride 18 races in a season, and a number of the flyaway races have such poor attendances that doubts remain about their viability. Shanghai, Istanbul and Sepang are the names most frequently mentioned in this context. With Sepang the venue for the winter tests, and Shanghai considered an important stepping stone into the Chinese market, that leaves the best track of the three, and indeed, one of the best tracks of the year, as the most likely candidate to be dropped. If you plan on visiting one of these races, don't rush to book your tickets ...

2007 MotoGP calendar

March 10** Qatar Doha/Losail
March 25 Spain Jerez de la Frontera
April 22 Turkey Istanbul
May 6 China Shanghai
May 20 France Le Mans
June 3 Italy Mugello
June 10 Catalunya Catalunya
June 24 Great Britain Donington Park
June 30 ** Netherlands Assen
July 15 Germany Sachsenring
July 22 United States * Laguna Seca
August 19 Czech Republic Brno
September 2 San Marino &
Riviera di Rimini
September 16 Portugal Estoril
September 23 Japan Motegi
October 14 Australia Phillip Island
October 21 Malaysia Sepang
November 4 Valencia Ricardo Tormo Valencia
*: MotoGP Class Only
**: Saturday Race

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