The provisional 2012 MotoGP calender has been published today with the first race taking place at Doha in Qatar on the 15th April. The organisers have rescheduled the Brno race from in between the two U.S. races eliminating a trip back to Europe in the middle of the Laguna Seca and Indianapolis outings.
Provisional calendar for the 2012 FIM MotoGP World Championship:
Qatar* - Doha/Losail - 15 April,
Spain (STC) - Jerez de la Frontera - 29 April,
Portugal (STC) - Estoril - 6 May,
France - Le Mans - 20 May,
Catalunya - Catalunya - 3 June,
Great Britain - Silverstone - 17 June,
Netherlands** - Assen - 30 June,
Germany (STC) - TBC - 8 July,
Italy - Mugello - 15 July,
United States*** - Laguna Seca - 29 July,
Indianapolis - Indianapolis - 19 August,
Czech Rep. - Brno - 26 August,
San Marino & Riviera di Rimini - Misano - 16 September,
Aragon - Motorland - 30 September,
Japan - Motegi - 14 October,
Malaysia - Sepang - 21 October,
Australia - Phillip Island - 28 October,
Valencia - Ricardo Tormo – Valencia - 11 November,
* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
*** Only MotoGP class
STC (Subject to the contract)
TBC (To be confirmed)
Further news was announced by Dorma as an agreement has been signed in Paris between the Argentinean government, the Governor of the Santiago del Estero province, OSD and Dorna Sports to secured a round of the MotoGP World Championship in Argentina from 2013.
Present for the signing of the deal was Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who was accompanied by Minister for Tourism Enrique Meyer, Governor of the Santiago del Estero province Gerardo Zamora and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
The Grand Prix of Argentina will be held at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in the Santiago del Estero province, after a deal for three seasons between its promoter and Dorna was agree upon.
The agreement is subject to the necessary renovations being carried out to bring the circuit within the required MotoGP safety standards.