The FIM has released the provisional 2017 MotoGP Calendar; just as in 2016, it features 18 rounds. The same 18 circuits also appear on the 2017 MotoGP schedule in the same order, except for the swapping of the Czech Republic at Brno (August 8) and Austria at Red Bull Ring (August 13).MotoGP 2017 begins March 26 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, and the opening race will begin—as it has since 2008—under the floodlights, due to the March heat in Qatar. The World Championship Grand Prix motorcycle racing series will visit 15 countries, and end at Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain on November 12, 2017.
For 2017, there is only one US round—round three at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, which is slated for April 23.UPDATED 1/23/2017: All Rounds Confirmed.For more, visit our week-by-week motorcycle racing calendar.Photograph of Valentino Rossi at Mugello by Luciano Bianchetto
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This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena gives us his impression of the outrageously cool-looking new Indian Scout Rogue. The Rogue features a larger front wheel among several other changes, and the bobbed-looks and excellent 100 horsepower motor make the Scout Rogue an interesting—and very real—competitor to the offerings from Milwaukee.
In the second segment Neale Bayly brings us the third and final segment from Brian Slark—the man who helped bring Norton motorcycles to America. Having spent 27 years and counting at the Barber Museum in Birmingham Alabama, Brian talks us through the final part of his career, that of course includes how the museum got started and where it’s going.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!