2013 MotoGP Calendar: Jerez Confirmed, Sachsenring Moved To July 14th

The 2013 MotoGP schedule took one step closer to being finalized on Tuesday. Dorna announced that two of the question marks remaining over the schedule have at last been resolved. The contract with Jerez has finally been confirmed through the next three seasons, securing the race for May 5th, and ensuring it remains on the calendar through 2015. And as predicted, the German round of MotoGP has been moved back a week to avoid a clash with the German Formula One Grand Prix, with MotoGP visiting the Sachsenring on the 14th of July.

The updated MotoGP calendar can be found below, with the most up-to-date version always available on this page. The press release from Dorna announcing the contract with Jerez and the moving of the Sachsenring date is also shown below:

Jerez confirmed until 2015 while Sachsenring moved back a week

Dorna Sports has confirmed that the Gran Premio bwin de España will take place in Jerez until at least 2015 after reaching an agreement today, whilst the 2013 eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland has been shifted back a week.

Following doubts about the future of MotoGP™ at the popular Jerez de la Frontera circuit, which regularly attracts crowds of over 200,000 people, the Andalucian Government (Junta de Andalucía), the Jerez City Council and Dorna Sports have reached an agreement to keep the Grand Prix on the calendar until at least 2015.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the extension of the Jerez Grand Prix for a further three years. It is one of the key stops on the MotoGP calendar with an atmosphere bar none that attracts huge crowds from near and afar. It is also a popular venue with the riders, as the track’s nature makes it a great spectacle for some of the best racing in the world.”

In addition to this, there is also a change to the 2013 calendar, which sees the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring moved back a week from its original date from the 7th to the 14th of July.

2013 MotoGP Calendar

Date Grand Prix Circuit
7 April Qatar* Losail, Qatar
21 April Americas Austin, Texas
5 May Spain Jerez
19 May France Le Mans
2 June Italy Mugello
16 June Catalunya Barcelona
29 June Netherlands** Assen
14 July Germany Sachsenring
21 July USA*** Laguna Seca
18 August Indianapolis Indianapolis
25 August Czech Republic Brno
01 September Great Britain Silverstone
15 September San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano Marco Simoncelli
29 September Aragon Motorland Aragon
13 October Malaysia Sepang
20 October Australia Phillip Island
27 October Japan Motegi
10 November Valencia Ricardo Tormo Valencia

* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
*** MotoGP Race Only

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Looks like Indy is the same week as GenCon again next year, so I can look forward to seeing Darth Vader and Lara Croft strolling arm in arm down Illinois Street.