September 11, 2015

MotoGP Won't Return To Indianapolis In 2016

Rider Jorge Lorenzo during practice for the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.  - Doug Jaggers

Rider Jorge Lorenzo during practice for the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Doug Jaggers

INDIANAPOLIS  MotoGP will not return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2016.

Dorna Sports, owner of MotoGP, and IMS officials say the cancellation of The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix was a mutual decision. Among the factors were recent changes to the MotoGP schedule that left Indianapolis as the only summer MotoGP event in North America, creating a logistical and financial challenge for the race teams.

"This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports," said J. Douglas Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "…The timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the Speedway and our Central Indiana economy."

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports left open the possibility of MotoGP returning to IMS, referring to the situation as a “pause" in the relationship. 

"The door is not closed on future collaborations together should current circumstances change," he said.

Fans who renewed tickets for 2016 following the 2015 race will receive full reimbursements. Ticket holders seeking additional information can call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700.
 
IMS officials say they are exploring new racing events and concerts for 2016 and beyond.

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