Laguna Seca loses place on calendar
1 October 2013 – Laguna Seca has lost its slot on the 2014 MotoGP calendar, according to organisers. The loss of the California-based track, which has been a feature since 2005, leaves Indianapolis and the Circuit of The Americas as the only US representatives.
A circuit statement read: "Unfortunately, and in spite of loyal support from fans, sponsors and media, there will not be a 16th U.S' Grand Prix in 2014. At this time, the U.S. is only able to support two MotoGP events. The support provided by the states of Texas and Indiana make it difficult for us, as a not-for-profit, to currently compete.
"Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca extends its gratitude to all those whose combined efforts made the U.S. Grand Prix such an iconic event; it took all of you – fans, sponsors, motorcycle community, media, volunteers and, not the least, Dorna Sports."
With the provisional 2014 MotoGP calendar expected to be published by officials on Wednesday, the statement concluded: "Our pledge to you is to work diligently to return the MotoGP World Championship to Monterey, California, in the very near future."
The brand-new Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina, and the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet, Brazil, are poised to join the MotoGP roster from 2014, although the latter circuit is subject to various construction obligations being met.