When the FIM released the provisional MotoGP calendar in December, the proposed round for September 28 at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet circuit in Brazil’s capital of Brasilia was subject to homologation.
But following the release of the final calendar on Monday, it appears the circuit did not make homologation – Brazil was dropped from the 2014 MotoGP Calendar.
When we first reported in August on the possibility of the Nelson Piquet circuit being featured on the 2014 MotoGP calendar, officials said there would be a “full rebuilding project on the Brasilia circuit” completed by mid 2014.
And if the rebuilding was up to par with Safety Commission standards, the FIM would have visited the circuit, and gave the final homologation confirmation. It appears either the rebuilding wasn’t complete, or the track did not pass the homologation rules in time to be featured on the MotoGP schedule.
This slimmed the 2014 MotoGP schedule down to 18 rounds – the same as 2013. Also, the September 28 date was filled by the Motorland Aragon round, which was originally scheduled for September 21.
The biggest changes following the release of the final calendar are the additional of the Termas de Rio Honda circuit in Argentina, and the dropping of Laguna Seca.
MotoGP last visited Brazil in 2004 for the Rio Grand Prix, which was won by Makoto Tamada.
2014 MotoGP Calendar (Final):
- March 23: Qatar, Doha/Losail (Night Race)
- April 13: America, Circuit of the Americas, Austin
- April 27: Argentina, Termas de Rio Honda
- May 4: Spain, Jerez de la Frontera
- May 18: France, Le Mans
- June 1: Italy, Mugello
- June 15: Catalunya, Barcelona-Catalunya
- June 28: Netherlands, TT Assen (Saturday Race)
- July 13: Germany, Sachsenring
- August 10: Indianapolis, GP Indianapolis
- August 17: Czech Republic, Brno
- August 31: Great Britain, Silverstone
- September 14: San Marino & Riviera di Rimini, Marco Simoncelli Misano
- September 28: Aragon MotorLand, Aragon
- October 12: Japan, Motegi
- October 19: Australia, Phillip Island
- October 26: Malaysia, Sepang
- November 9: Valencia, Ricardo Tormo-Valencia