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MotoGP could make Brazil return in 2014, Dorna claims

It would be the first MotoGP race to take place in Brazil since 2004.
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by Daniel Mackrell

Brazil has made huge steps towards hosting a MotoGP race on its Brasília circuit in the 2014 season.

The track was visited by representatives from Dorna Sports who hold the commercial rights for MotoGP where they met local officials including the Governor of the Federal District.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was at the meeting on Monday (19 August), and it was announced that MotoGP could return to the country during the second half of next season.

It would be the first time a motorcycle grand prix has taken place in Brazil since Rio in 2004.

The plans hinge on the Brazilian Authorities to getting a thumbs-up to start the rebuilding project of the Brasilia circuit.

The proposals still need to be made to the Safety Commission, but that will take place within the next few weeks, and it is expected to get the green light.

It will also have to undergo an approval process from the sanctioning body FIM before an official confirmation is made.

Carmelo Espeleta said: "Brazil is one of the most important motorcycling markets in the world.

"It is in South America, so the time schedule is very good for the television coverage, but returning to Brazil has been a wish of the whole MotoGP family for many years and it is a very important matter for us.

"Until now it has been impossible because, as everybody knows, the most important thing for us is safety."

Argentina is currently the only South American race host, and will be a part of the MotoGP calendar from 2014 until at least 2016.

It has not yet been revealed whether the two planned additions to next season's MotoGP will be replacing other tracks, or if they will be added to the current circuits after Dorna recently announced that the Indianapolis circuit has extended its agreement with MotoGP for the 2014 season.

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