September 11, 2015 / 8:27 PM / in 2 years

Indianapolis dropped from 2016 MotoGP calendar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Indianapolis will not host a round of the MotoGP world championship next year while Austria is to join the 18-race calendar with a new grand prix at the Red Bull Ring, organizers announced on Friday.

The famed Motor Speedway has hosted MotoGP since 2008 and promoters Dorna said the decision to cancel the contract was mutual.

“This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports,” said IMS president J Douglas Boles.

“The timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the speedway and our Central Indiana economy.”

The decision leaves the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as the only U.S. round remaining on the calendar after Laguna Seca, California was dropped in 2014.

The Dutch Grand Prix will switch from a Saturday to a Sunday as previously announced.

Provisional calendar:

March 20 - Qatar

April 3 - Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo)

April 10 - Americas (Austin, Texas)

April 24 - Spain (Jerez)

May 8 - France (Le Mans)

May 22 - Italy (Mugello)

June 5 - Catalunya (Barcelona)

June 26 - Netherlands (Assen)

July 10 - Germany (Sachsenring)

July 17 - Britain (Silverstone)

Aug 14 - Austria (Red Bull Ring)

Aug 21 - Czech Republic (Brno)

Sept 11 - San Marino (Misano)

Sept 25 - Aragon (Motorland Aragon)

Oct 9 - Malaysia (Sepang)

Oct 16 - Japan (Motegi)

Oct 23 - Australia (Phillip Island)

Nov 6 - Valencia

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Jimenez

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