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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Texas to host round of MotoGP championship from 2013

The track is due to be completed in June of next year in time to host Formula One's return to the United States later the same season.

MotoGP already has two rounds in America, the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca and the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The deal will see Austin host MotoGP for 10 years.

The popularity of the sport has increased in the US in recent years with 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden and Texan Ben Spies among the current field.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of series promoters Dorna, said: "We are delighted to be adding the Circuit of the Americas to the MotoGP calendar.

"It's an honour to expand our Championship to Texas, which has a rich history of producing World Championship riders.

"We have had a wonderful and special relationship with [former world champion] Kevin Schwantz for 20 years and often talked about a mutual dream of increasing the popularity of MotoGP in the US and raising our already successful worldwide profile.

"Now we have realised that situation and are looking forward to this new venture together. The 10-year agreement is a sign of our confidence and commitment to the future success of MotoGP racing in Austin," he added.

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