What will Laguna Seca do with a premier weekend now free in July?
MotoGP will not be returning to Laguna Seca in 2014.
It was confirmed by Laguna Seca yesterday that the parent company of MotoGP, Dorna Sports is asking the organizer for an addition $800,000 for next year’s event.
Because the past four year’s of the event have not been profitable, both parties agreed to not return to the famous raceway.
This leaves only two rounds of MotoGP in the United States, one in Indianapolis, and the other in Austin.
“There is, frankly, not enough of everything to go around for three world championships in the United States," said the raceway’s general manager Gill Campbell to Motorcycle Racing Mag. “"We can't afford to take a bath," she said.
While the weekend typically would draw 150,000 people over the three days, it still hasn’t found a way to be profitable in some time.
Campbell admitted that a return to the track could happen, but would take a couple years. Because of the loss, a big July weekend has now opened up at Laguna Seca, and the track has to decide what to do with the date.
“We may just take a big breath (in 2014) and look at our opportunities, and see where want to go," Campbell said