The FIM announced the provisional MotoGP calendar for 2008 today. As expected, the season remains at 18 races, despite the addition of the previously announced Indianapolis round. Of course, something had to give to make way for Indy, and tragically, it is the financially troubled Istanbul round. The Istanbul Park circuit had problems raising the money to stage the MotoGP race every year, as the local authorities refused to help fund the race, despite the boost the race gave to the local economy. And so we are forced to bid a very fond farewell to one of the finest racing circuits in the world, whilst continuing to suffer through the dire dreadfulness that is Shanghai, and the only slightly better Qatar.
Our only hope as fans is that this is only the provisional calendar, with the calendar to be finalized before the end of the year, around the time of the Valencia Grand Prix. Perhaps things will have changed by then, and China will make way for Istanbul Park.
Provisional 2008 MotoGP calendar
|March 30||Spain||Jerez de la Frontera|
|May 18||France||Le Mans|
|June 22||Great Britain||Donington Park|
|July 20||United States *||Laguna Seca|
|August 17||Czech Republic||Brno|
|August 31||San Marino &
Riviera di Rimini
|October 5||Australia||Phillip Island|
|October 26||Valencia||Ricardo Tormo Valencia|
|*: MotoGP Class Only|
|**: Saturday Race|