Provisional MotoGP Calendar for 2007 Announced

~~~ UPDATED ~~~

Since I posted this, Dorna and the FIM have announced the official 2007 MotoGP calendar. You can read about it in this post.

Dorna have announced the provisional calendar for 2007. The track at Misano has been added, but no GP has been dropped to make way for it. This means that the MotoGP riders will have to compete in 18 weekends, much to the annoyance of many of them. When the possibility of Misano being added to the calendar was announced, Valentino Rossi made it very clear that, although he was thrilled to be racing at Misano, he felt that 17 races was already too much, and 18 races would be unacceptable.

One notable adjustment is that the flyaway races have been spaced out a little more, with more time between the races. The downside of this (for the riders, but not for the fans) is the length of the calendar: With the first race in the middle of March, and the last race at the end of November, the season is two weeks longer than last year, with nearly 8 months of racing. That leaves less time for development and testing, putting more strain on the teams and riders.

Here's the schedule:

March 17** Qatar Doha/Losail
March 25 Spain Jerez de la Frontera
April 22 China Shanghai
May 6 Turkey Istanbul
May 20 France Le Mans
June 3 Italy Mugello
June 10 Catalunya Catalunya
June 24 Great Britain Donington Park
June 30** Netherlands Assen
July 15 Germany Sachsenring
July 22* United States Laguna Seca
August 19 Czech Republic Brno
September 2 San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano
September 23 Japan Motegi
October 7 Australia Phillip Island
October 14 Malaysia Sepang
October 28 Portugal Estoril
November 4 Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia

* MotoGP class only
** Saturday race

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