Putting together a season of international motorcycle racing is difficult enough at the best of times. But the 2010 calendar has proven to be a particularly tough nut to crack, as the FIFA Soccer World Cup and a reshuffle of the Formula One calendar has wreaked havoc and caused a number of high-profile clashes. Le Mans is scheduled for the same weekend as the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, and the Misano MotoGP round is due to clash with the Monza Formula One race. Add the fact that several World Cup soccer matches are likely to be played at the same time as some of the MotoGP races, and the complexity of the calendar is complete.
So Dorna and the FIM are due to sit down this weekend at the final MotoGP round of the 2009 season to try and sort out the 2010 calendar, but it will be no easy task. Both Le Mans and Misano are likely to be moved, but the best candidate for being shifted around is the British Grand Prix, due to be held at Silverstone for the first time in many years. Currently, the race is scheduled to clash with the Isle of Man TT, one of the biggest events on the motorcycling calendar, especially for British fans, and so attendance could have been poor at the first running of the race's return to the Northamptonshire track. Now that Donington's excessively ambitious plans to host the British Formula One Grand Prix have fallen through, Silverstone is back in the running for the F1 race, and that event is likely to add to the pressure of rescheduling the MotoGP event.
According to both GPOne.com and Motorcycle News, the Silverstone event could be switch with the Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca, currently scheduled for July 25th. If Laguna and Silverstone did swap, that would create some difficult travel problems, as the riders would have to fly back to Barcelona for the Catalunya GP the following weekend. Even worse would be that the freight costs would be greatly increased, as the bikes and team equipment would have to be flown with much higher priority, leaving Dorna much less room to negotiate over freight prices. As the calendar stands, Dorna has a three-week window in which to fly the team equipment back to Europe, and can choose the most financially attractive moment to ship gear back to Europe in time for the Brno MotoGP round.
Most of the MotoGP paddock will be staying on at Valencia for the first test of the season, and so an announcement is likely to be made then. The provisional 2010 calendar is here, for reference.