2017 MotoGP Championship – The 2017 MotoGP Championship will have 18 GP, but soon it may have 19 or 20 races. The requests arrive from Finland, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium and Wales. In the United States, Laguna Seca and Indianapolis were eliminated, Spain has 4 seasonal events and Italy has two GP during the 2017 MotoGP Championship. However, the MotoGP Championship’s center of gravity seems oriented toward the East.
2017 MotoGP Championship could have had Spa-Francorchamps
The operators of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit have already advanced an informal request, but there are some concerns. “The Belgians contacted us last summer.” confirmed Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta speaking at Speedweek.com. “But the main problem at the Spa circuit is safety. For us, it is almost impossible to approve this track for the 2017 MotoGP championship. Now let’s talk about the Superbike World Championship. They promised to do some work. But so far nothing has happened. If they want to have the Superbike, we need to discuss much.”
Indonesia e Finlandia are ok, Galles is a doubt and Azerbaigian hopes
Unlike the speech in Indonesia. It is a nation where the two wheels are becoming a way of life. Here, the MotoGP has a huge success, due to the physical proximity to the main MotoGP Japanese team. “The project in South Sumatra, Indonesia, continues. We’re working on it. In addition, we continue to talk with the promoter in Buriram, where in March 2017 there will be the third time a race of the Superbike World Championship. This agreement will end now. Now we can talk about MotoGP.”
Finland is also knocking at the gates of Dorna. In a couple of years, MotoGP will go to the Kymy Ring, after a long absence. It was 1982. “Finns are at work, but most likely the track will be ready only in 2019. The problem is that in winter the works proceeded slowly. But we are in touch. Once the circuit is completed, we will be able to compete there as well.” assured Carmelo Ezpeleta. “If they can be type-approved in time for 2018, we go there in 2018. Otherwise, a year later.”
For now the Sokol Circuit in Azerbaijan is not a priority in the list of Dorna. Last year, Jorge Lorenzo made a visit when the site was still open. However, the track of 4.49 km does not seem intended initially to MotoGP. Instead, the situation in Wales is not sure. Because the British of Silverstone do not seem to agree on the replacement of the mythical circuit.