Last season Dorna renewed an only one year extension with the Indianapolis Motors Speedway with rumors saying that Indy would remain on the calendar for another season while the new F1 circuit in Austin, Texas is being built.
During every Vrooom event, Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta shows up for his own press conference, reporting on the state of affairs in MotoGP and what the future holds for the premier racing class. This year, besides talking about not taking any current legal action against Suzuki for running only one bike, that we will see 22 bikes on the grid (we’ve heard that one before), that he doesn’t give a shit (my word, not his) about Infront’s (Flammini’s WSBK series) complaints regarding what are prototypes and what aren’t, he also confirmed that he was in talks with both India and Austin regarding hosting GP racing in the new venues, however the Austin promoter has denied discussions with Dorna.
“MotoGP would be great for Texas and the fans but I haven’t had any discussions with him (Ezpeleta) about that,” said U.S. Grand Prix promoter Tavo Hellmund talking to website statesman.com “Everything is F1.”
We bet that the preliminary talks that Ezpeleta refers to, have probably been with Kevin Schwantz, who is a consultant and on the board of the new Texas track.
When Dorna renewed an one year extension with the Indianapolis Motors Speedway, rumors immediately started up that the Grand Prix circus was keeping the Indy track on the calendar while the new F1 circuit in Austin, Texas is being built.
The 900 acre, $200m track that will be designed by circuit designer Hermann Tilke and financed by private investors, also sees motorycle legend Kevin Schwantz acting as a consultant to the USGPF1 organization.
With the Texan on board and advising on the requirements that are needed for motorcycle racing, we could actually see MotoGP races deep in the heart of Texas someday soon.