The FIM today announced the provisional calendar for the 2010 MotoGP season. The provisional calendar looks broadly similar to this year, but there are a few key changes. Firstly, the British Grand Prix, now moved to Silverstone, is much earlier than its counterpart at Donington, moved up over a month to early June. This disrupts the traditional pairing of the Italian and Catalunya Grand Prix, with the Barcelona round being put back to early July, instead of the first or second weekend after the Mugello round.
One interesting point to note is the inclusion of a "reserve circuit". After the effects of the financial crisis, together with permit problems, meant that Balatonring circuit was not completed in time for the planned race in the middle of September this year, the FIM and Dorna have wisely elected to have a backup plan, in case the situation repeats itself. That is an entirely realistic prospect, as the Balatonring circuit continues to be dogged by problems.
Should the series need to switch to the reserve circuit, then it would mean that Spain would see four Grand Prix run on its soil. The Motorland Aragon Circuit is a brand new track which has been built near Alcañiz, Aragon, Spain, a couple of hundred kilometers inland from Barcelona. The circuit is trying to attract both Formula One and MotoGP, though whether the Spanish economy is strong enough to sustain four MotoGP rounds has to be in doubt.
Provisional 2010 MotoGP Calendar
|April 11 *||Qatar||Doha/Losail|
|May 2||Spain||Jerez de la Frontera|
|May 16||France||Le Mans|
|June 6||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|June 26 **||Netherlands||Assen|
|July 25 ***||United States||Laguna Seca|
|August 15||Czech Rep.||Brno|
|September 12||San Marino & Riviera di Rimini||Misano|
|October 17||Australia||Phillip Island|
|November 7||Valencia||Ricardo Tormo – Valencia|
*: Evening Race
***: Only MotoGP class
Reserve circuit,"Motorland Aragon Circuit"