The FIM has released a provisional calendar for the 2013 MotoGP season, which will include 19 rounds, one more than this year. Both U.S. races, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will return.
The season will start on March 31 in Qatar – traditionally a night event – and will be followed by back-to-back races at venues yet to be announced. The campaign will end at the Valencia circuit on Nov. 10.
The Portuguese GP, which took place in May this year, is absent from the calendar. The open slots are believed to be for Argentina and Texas, which secured contracts to host races from next season.
"Next year we'll have three GPs in Spain, we'll have Argentina and Texas in April so as to start earlier in Qatar and to arrive in Europe in May," said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta earlier this year.
Provisional 2013 FIM MotoGP calendar
March 31 Qatar* Doha/Losail
April 14 TBC TBC
April 21 TBC TBC
May 5 Spain Jerez de la Frontera
May 19 France Le Mans
June 2 Italy Mugello
June 16 Catalunya Barcelona
June 29 Netherlands** Assen
July 14 Germany Sachsenring
July 21 United States*** Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 18 Indianapolis IMS
August 25 Czech Republic Brno
September 1 Great Britain Silverstone
September 15 San Marino Misano
September 29 Aragon Motorland
October 13 Malaysia Sepang
October 20 Australia Phillip Island
October 27 Japan Motegi
November 10 Valencia Valencia