Austin's MotoGP in doubt

2012-03-10 18:30
Steve Sexton (Gallo Images)
Austin - MotoGP's planned 2013 debut for the new circuit in Texas is reportedly in doubt due to contractual concerns.

Last year, a deal between Circuit of the Americas and MotoGP was signed to ensure a MotoGP race would take place in Austin, Texas from 2013. However the 10-year agreement has been put in doubt following the departure of original promoter Tavo Hellmund of Full Throttle Productions.

Austin newspaper The Statesman is reporting that 1993 MotoGP champion Kevin Schwantz is urging president of Circuit of the Americas, Steve Sexton, to ensure a Grand Prix takes place in his native Texas.

Schwantz served on the design team for the circuit and is manager of 3FourTexas MGP. He has written a letter to Sexton to resolve the situation.

Schwantz wrote: "I urge you one final time to contact Mr. (Tavo) Hellmund about obtaining the rights to host a MotoGP race in Texas, after which I would be glad to open discussions with you as the new promoter.

"If you have not obtained such rights from Full Throttle, then unfortunately Circuit of the Americas will not be included as a round of the FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Championship."

In an email to Schwantz, Sexton hinted that MotoGP might have to wait as Circuit of the Americas are in negotiations with numerous motorsport classes.

"We are in discussions with several major race series who have reached out to us, and our confidence is high that three to five major world-class events, including a two-wheel championship, will be on the 2013 schedule - and that these races will take place under terms favourable to the Circuit and the series owners," read Sexton's letter.

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