Executives from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports say there will be no MotoGP race in Indianapolis next year. The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix has been held at IMS annually since 2008, but multiple factors led organizers to cancel the motorcycle event.
For its part, Speedway officials say other recently-launched events such as the Angie’s List Grand Prix INDYCAR race, the Brickyard Vintage Invitational classic racing event and the large-scale Rolling Stones concert July 4th, have offered growth opportunities. IMS President Doug Boles says "we are proud of our efforts to increase attendance in recent years and successfully host a truly international sporting and cultural event. We’re also thankful to Dorna Sports for its strong support and partnership since 2008. However, the timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the Speedway and our Central Indiana economy."
Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer Carmelo Ezpeleta did not rule out a possible return to IMS, but says scheduling, financial and logistics challenges made dropping the Indianapolis event the right move for the Italian company. "Bringing MotoGP to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a tremendously rewarding experience," he said "The historic track, professional staff and welcoming host community produced an annual event that was enjoyed by all. While both sides recognize it’s the right time to pause this relationship, the door is not closed on future collaborations together should current circumstances change."
IMS says fans that already bought tickets for the race will receive full reimbursements.