The provisional calendar released for 2010 left the teams and fans scratching their heads a little. The calendar featured two sets of three back-to-back races; one set starting on June 20th with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and ending two weeks later on July 4th with Catalunya; and one set starting on August 22nd with Brno and ending two weeks later at Misano on September 5th. The first back-to-back did not raise any foreseeable problems, the middle race being the traditional run up to Assen for the Dutch TT. The second set, however, was a different kettle of fish.
For sandwiched between Brno and Misano was Indianapolis, on August 29th, meaning that the middle race in this back-to-back involved a hop back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean to the American Mid-West. As if that wasn't bad enough, the transatlantic schedule meant that the second of the two post-race tests scheduled for the 2010 MotoGP season would have to be scrapped, as alternatives for the traditional test at Brno were either thin on the ground or far too late in the season to be of any use.
It was a situation that could not stand, and it has taken just a few days to be fixed. News has reached us from Brno - where our good friends over at Pole Position Travel have a relationship with the Brno circuit owners - that the Brno MotoGP round is to be rescheduled, pushed back a week to its original date on August 15th. This puts two weeks between Brno and Indianapolis, and makes the post-race tests at Brno possible again.
Although the shuffling of the calendar makes planning for both the teams and the fans rather complicated, the move will be a big help to a lot of parties involved in MotoGP. The factories, in particular, will be pleased to get another day of testing back, while the rest of the paddock will be pleased not to suffer two lots of severe jet lag in as many weeks, with some time to catch their breath between the races.
With this change, the calendar should now be more or less finalized. Though it is impossible to rule out any more changes before the start of the season, the biggest changes are now surely behind us.