IMS announces Moto GP will return in 2014

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One the eve of the 6th Red Bull Indianapolis GP, event organizers removed all doubt about its status for next season.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirms Saturday that Moto GP will be back in 2014 for to host the world’s top riders for a seventh consecutive year.

“We’re very pleased that we can bring our fans another thrilling MotoGP World Championship race in 2014 at IMS,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “The last six years have established a solid foundation for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and we are optimistic about the growth of the event in Indianapolis. We are also eager to continue working with our friends at Dorna to ensure an exciting, long-term future for MotoGP at The Racing Capital of the World,” added Boles in a statement released by IMS.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a multi-year deal with MotoGP which is set to expire after the 2014 event, although the track had an opt-out clause that could’ve ended the arrangement after the 2013 event if they so desired.

Saturday’s development is good short-term news for motorcycle enthusiasts, and there is optimism that Moto GP is not going anywhere, anytime soon.  The IMS release says the track and Dorna have started discussions about a long-term arrangement past the terms of the current deal.

The 6th Red Bull Indianapolis G-P is Sunday  afternoon.  Marc Marquez claimed the pole position Saturday beating the track qualifying record by eight-tenths of a second.  Marquez will share the front row with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.  Fan-favorite Nicky Hayden qualified sixth and will start in row two.