The 2009 MotoGP race schedule has been announced. While there’s no huge surprises, there are a few welcome changes. The Chinese Grand Prix is being dropped in favor of Hungary and the so-new-they-haven’t-built-it-yet Balaton-ring (seen above). The $126 million circuit looks to be a spectators dream, with grandstands forming a bowl around the track for unprecedented visibility. The swap could have been triggered by concerns over human rights violations in Tibet (Hello, International Olympic Committee?). More exciting is that the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca is being moved to the July 4th weekend.
>Describing next year’s US Grand Prix, Laguna Seca’s CEO said, “We are
planning special fan activities to celebrate and you can bet the
American riders will have special leathers, helmets and bike graphics
commemorating Independence Day.” Oh lord.
2009 Provisional MotoGP Calendar: • 12th April / Qatar / Doha/Losail • 26th April / Japan / Motegi • 3rd May / Spain / Jerez de la Frontera • 17th May / France / Le Mans • 31st May / Italy / Mugello • 14th June / Catalunya / Catalunya • 27th June / Netherlands / Assen • 5th July / United States / Laguna Seca • 19th July / Germany / Sachsenring • 26th July / Great Britain / Donington Park • 16th August / Czech / Republic Brno • 30th August / Indianapolis / Indianapolis • 13th September / San Marino / Misano • 20th September / Hungary / Lake Balaton • 4th October / Portugal / Estoril • 18th October / Australia / Phillip Island • 25th October / Malaysia / Sepang • 8th November / Valencia / Ricardo Tormo Valencia