Yesterday, the Spanish media was reporting rumors of a possible cancellation of the Brazilian round of the MotoGP season. According to as.com, the same source that first reported Rossi's departure from Honda back in 2003, the reason for the cancellation was due to organizational difficulties.
Today, the FIM announced the Brazilian GP was officially off the 2005 calendar.
The Brazilian GP was set to take place April 17. Instead, the Portuguese GP will take its place, which will in turn be replaced by the Turkish GP. The Turkish GP will be held October 23 and will be the penultimate round of the 17-round season.
The addition of the Turkish track to the calendar means most MotoGP riders will have to learn not two new tracks, but three in 2005. The first will be the Shanghai circuit in early May, followed by Laguna Seca in the U.S. in early July.