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Motogp will not return to Indy in 2016


Following eight years of delivering world class motorcycle racing, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will not be on the 2016 event schedule for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The award winning MotoGP event was first hosted at IMS in partnership with Dorna Sports in September of 2008. The cancellation of the race was a mutual decision by both parties.

“This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports,” said J. Douglas Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We are proud of our efforts to increase attendance in recent years and successfully host a truly international sporting and cultural event. We’re also thankful to Dorna Sports for its strong support and partnership since 2008. However, the timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the Speedway and our Central Indiana economy.”

In 2014, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix earned recognition from Dorna as the “Best Grand Prix” of the 2014 season, becoming the first North American race to earn this honor. The redesigned and improved IMS road course, as well as supporting events such as Motorcycles on Meridian helped secure this recognition.

However, following the removal of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the MogoGP schedule in 2014, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix became the only summer MotoGP event in North America for the last two seasons. This caused both financial and logistical challenges that no longer made the event viable for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, removing the Indianapolis race became key to Dorna’s efforts to expand both the number of events it hosts and the geographic diversity of its schedule.

“Bringing MotoGP to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a tremendously rewarding experience,” said Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer Carmelo Ezpeleta. “The historic track, professional staff and welcoming host community produced an annual event that was enjoyed by all. While both sides recognize it’s the right time to pause this relationship, the door is not closed on future collaborations together should current circumstances change.”

Fans who renewed tickets for 2016 following the 2015 race will receive full reimbursements. Ticket holders seeking additional information can call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700.

IMS is now exploring new racing events and concerts for 2016 and beyond. Central to next year’s schedule is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, an unrivaled celebration of sporting excellence, tradition and many years of compelling racing to come. It is also supported by longstanding events including the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard and recent additions such as the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

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But the writing was on the wall. It won't be long before there's no American riders in the series and no races in this country.

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Following eight years of delivering world class motorcycle racing, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will not be on the 2016 event schedule for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The award winning MotoGP event was first hosted at IMS in partnership with Dorna Sports in September of 2008. The cancellation of the race was a mutual decision by both parties.

“This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports,” said J. Douglas Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We are proud of our efforts to increase attendance in recent years and successfully host a truly international sporting and cultural event. We’re also thankful to Dorna Sports for its strong support and partnership since 2008. However, the timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the Speedway and our Central Indiana economy.”

In 2014, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix earned recognition from Dorna as the “Best Grand Prix” of the 2014 season, becoming the first North American race to earn this honor. The redesigned and improved IMS road course, as well as supporting events such as Motorcycles on Meridian helped secure this recognition.

However, following the removal of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the MogoGP schedule in 2014, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix became the only summer MotoGP event in North America for the last two seasons. This caused both financial and logistical challenges that no longer made the event viable for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, removing the Indianapolis race became key to Dorna’s efforts to expand both the number of events it hosts and the geographic diversity of its schedule.

“Bringing MotoGP to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a tremendously rewarding experience,” said Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer Carmelo Ezpeleta. “The historic track, professional staff and welcoming host community produced an annual event that was enjoyed by all. While both sides recognize it’s the right time to pause this relationship, the door is not closed on future collaborations together should current circumstances change.”

Fans who renewed tickets for 2016 following the 2015 race will receive full reimbursements. Ticket holders seeking additional information can call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700.

IMS is now exploring new racing events and concerts for 2016 and beyond. Central to next year’s schedule is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, an unrivaled celebration of sporting excellence, tradition and many years of compelling racing to come. It is also supported by longstanding events including the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard and recent additions such as the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.
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Heard this on the news this morning. Had a feeling this was our last year and for some reason I just had 0 interest in the event this year. Didn't even do moto's on meridian. Ive said for years that about the only good race here is the 500. Not surprised and only slightly bummed.
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Was planning on going next year too. Wish they would come to Road America .
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Seem that Moto GP will disapear from North America.

What was the problem ? Profit wasn't there, interest ?
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There is still COTA, at least for now. You are all welcome to come and visit.

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Sad news :( Those saying that MotoGP will stop coming to America are jumping the gun a little. I think...

COTA was designed from the ground up to support F1 and MotoGP events... The fact that Kevin Schwantz had a hand in developing/designing the course and now that they (COTA and Schwantz) have long since settled their past issues and Schwantz is working with/for them; MotoGP isn't entirely leaving the US at least anytime soon.

There were murmurs of this happening a year or two ago, when they were looking at adding Argentina and one other circuit to the schedule and that they'd have to cut one of the ones in America to make room. In countries like Spain and Italy where there is a huge racing following and higher quality racers hail from there, it makes sense to have multiple races there (Mugello/Misano and Catalunya/Aragon/Jerez, etc). In those racers home races, the country pretty much makes race day a national holiday and the turnout is HUGE.

Case in point; in 2014 the population of the US was 318.90M and the attendance at the Indy GP was 132,817. In 2014 the population of Spain was 46.77M and the attendance at the Jerez GP was 229,416. For the US and Spain that translates to 1 race attendance per 2401 citizens and 1 race attendance per 203 citizens respectively. If those numbers were adjusted for the land area of the country that may influence the numbers some. But the fact remains they still pull in nearly twice the amount of fans at their events compared to ours, which means more $$$ for FIM so yeah, if they are guaranteed an "easy pay day" why not return to the same country 2-3x a season. If you go to the US twice and after all the bills are paid you're only making at total profit of say 100 million dollars after both races, while you go to another country twice and after all the bills are paid you're making a profit of say 200 million after both races there, then it makes sense to cut on of the lower paying venues for the potential of having a higher pay day elsewhere. "Losing" out on a theoretical 50 million from a race US in hopes to make 100 million elsewhere makes sense to me.


TLDR: American fans suck, the overall state of the sport sucks here in the US, American riders suck, FIM can make more money elsewhere so it is a warranted move.
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Sad news :( Those saying that MotoGP will stop coming to America are jumping the gun a little. I think...

COTA was designed from the ground up to support F1 and MotoGP events... The fact that Kevin Schwantz had a hand in developing/designing the course and now that they (COTA and Schwantz) have long since settled their past issues and Schwantz is working with/for them; MotoGP isn't entirely leaving the US at least anytime soon.

There were murmurs of this happening a year or two ago, when they were looking at adding Argentina and one other circuit to the schedule and that they'd have to cut one of the ones in America to make room. In countries like Spain and Italy where there is a huge racing following and higher quality racers hail from there, it makes sense to have multiple races there (Mugello/Misano and Catalunya/Aragon/Jerez, etc). In those racers home races, the country pretty much makes race day a national holiday and the turnout is HUGE.

Case in point; in 2014 the population of the US was 318.90M and the attendance at the Indy GP was 132,817. In 2014 the population of Spain was 46.77M and the attendance at the Jerez GP was 229,416. For the US and Spain that translates to 1 race attendance per 2401 citizens and 1 race attendance per 203 citizens respectively. If those numbers were adjusted for the land area of the country that may influence the numbers some. But the fact remains they still pull in nearly twice the amount of fans at their events compared to ours, which means more $$$ for FIM so yeah, if they are guaranteed an "easy pay day" why not return to the same country 2-3x a season. If you go to the US twice and after all the bills are paid you're only making at total profit of say 100 million dollars after both races, while you go to another country twice and after all the bills are paid you're making a profit of say 200 million after both races there, then it makes sense to cut on of the lower paying venues for the potential of having a higher pay day elsewhere. "Losing" out on a theoretical 50 million from a race US in hopes to make 100 million elsewhere makes sense to me.


TLDR: American fans suck, the overall state of the sport sucks here in the US, American riders suck, FIM can make more money elsewhere so it is a warranted move.
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