* updated November 4th
It’s finally here – the 2016 provisional calendar for MotoGP™! Though there’s still a lot of action in store for the remainder of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship™, we’re really looking forward to seeing what the next year holds for the most exciting sport on two wheels!
It was just announced that rider Marc Márquez broke a finger of his left hand while training. Though he's expected to race in the Japanese Grand Prix, it will be interesting to see how this injury affects his performance on the track. Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have dominated the track in 2015 and will most likely do so again next year. We have no doubt that all three riders will return in 2016 even more determined than before to earn the title, making 2016 a season you won’t want to miss!
The calendar has remained mostly consistent from what we have seen in 2015, but a couple of notable changes have occurred to make the 2016 season even more exciting than the last!
MotoGP™ Returns to Austria
August 2016 will see an exciting and to some, a familiar addition to the MotoGP™ calendar – the Austrian Grand Prix! The race will be held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, set amidst the picturesque mountains of Styria. The original track, the Österreichring, was built in 1969 and saw its fair share of MotoGP™ races over a number of years. This will be the first time in nearly two decades that MotoGP™ racing will occur here! The most recent reconstruction of the track began in 2008 and Formula 1™ made its return in June 2014. We can’t wait to see what awaits MotoGP™ riders at this legendary locale in 2016!
No More Indy
At least, not in 2016. This came as quite a shock to most, given that Indianapolis Motor Speedway was named the “Best Grand Prix” by Dorna (commercial rights holder and managing organization for all things MotoGP™) during the 2014 season and had hosted MotoGP™ races for the past 8 years. Though IMS had made recent changes to resurface the track, adjust corners, and provide better opportunities for overtaking, a crowd of only 68,000 gathered for the 2016 MotoGP™ event. It’s been speculated by many that the primary reasons for this change were the low attendance coupled with Dorna’s desire to expand into newer geographic areas. Whatever the reason, fans are sad to see the Indy MotoGP™ race go and are still hopeful that it will return in future seasons.
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So what does this boil down to? Well, for fans in the United States, this means that the only opportunity to see a MotoGP™ race on American soil in 2016 will be at Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas! The infield track at Indy is great, don’t get us wrong, but the elevation changes and sharp turns at COTA™ offer unique challenges to riders that are tough to match. We hope that there will be a return to Indianapolis in the future of MotoGP™, but for now, it’s just one more reason to attend MotoGP™ Austin in 2016!
Don’t Miss the Only 2016 MotoGP™ Race on American Soil!
You won’t regret being a part of the crowd in Austin! April weather in Austin is typically very mild, providing you with the perfect environment to enjoy a weekend of thrilling MotoGP™ action. With our Multi-Turn Package, you’ll enjoy different vantage points with seats in Turns 1 and 15 as well as the Main Grandstand! From these spots, you’ll have a panoramic view of a large portion of the Circuit, the main straight and the two most popular turns!
If that’s not enough for you, you’ll also be able to take advantage of exclusive insider extras like access to the Pit Lane Walk, hospitality party venue access, and a fast access pass! Our exclusive on-site party, held in the Paddock Building, will offer a premium open bar as well as a gourmet food buffet and MotoGP™ celebrity appearances!