When the revised version of the 2010 provisional MotoGP calendar was announced last week, we pointed out the problem which the lack of time between the Brno race and Indianapolis would create. With Brno just one week before Indianapolis, the customary post-race at Brno would have to be dropped, cutting the number of in-season tests by half, from two to just one.
This situation could not hold, and as reported by MotoMatters.com on Friday, it hasn't. Today, the FIM announced that the Brno round has officially been moved back a week to August 15th, the date which had appeared on the original MotoGP schedule. This switch puts two weeks between the Brno and Indianapolis rounds, reinstating the post-race tests at Brno, and easing the schedule a little for the riders and the teams. Two transatlantic hops in two weeks would have been punishing both for the riders and especially for the teams, who often have very long hours to put in preparing the bikes. With two weeks between Brno and Indy, the teams can take a little longer to acclimatize, and reduce the amount of jet lag they suffer.
The calendar remains provisional, meaning that last minute changes cannot be ruled out, but this is looking much more like a calendar which MotoGP is likely to run next season. The updated version of the 2010 MotoGP calendar is now as follows:
|April 11 *||Qatar||Doha/Losail|
|May 2||Spain||Jerez de la Frontera|
|May 23||France||Le Mans|
|June 20||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|June 26 **||Netherlands||Assen|
|July 25 ***||United States||Laguna Seca|
|August 15||Czech Rep.||Brno|
|September 5||San Marino & Riviera di Rimini||Misano|
|October 17||Australia||Phillip Island|
|November 7||Valencia||Ricardo Tormo – Valencia|
*: Evening Race
***: Only MotoGP class
Reserve circuit, Motorland Aragon Circuit