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GP Week : Issue 214
MotoGP will return to Austria in 2015 and race at the Red Bull Ring (pictured). Red Bull co-founder Dieter Mateschitz and Dorna have reached an agreement that will see the circuit, formerly known as the Oesterrichring then the A1-Ring, on a multi-year deal. A number of features of the circuit will require updating before the track if approved for Grand Prix motorcycle racing by the FIM. The track hosted the previous Australian 500cc GP, which was held in 1997. Prior to that the Austrian event was held at the salzburgring between 1971 and ’94. The Austrian event may not be the only addition to the 2016 calendar. There are reports that MotoGP will race in Thailand for the first time and one other new venue, possibly Chile, which could be held in conjunction with the Argentine race. Any new races would likely mean that one of the existing events would be dropped, probably one of the four spanish races and, potentially, the second Italian race, the san Marino GP, at Misano. MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BriEFly » Suzuki's return to MotoGP showed that the team has a big hill to climb. After blowing an engine in Practice Randy de Puniet qualified in 20th place and ran in a similar position early on, but his race came to a halt on lap 13 when he pulled into the pits with an unspecified mechanical problem. » At least de Puniet will continue as Suzuki’s test rider. The team has confirmed that the Frenchman will combine the role of working with Michelin with the WSBK outings next season. » Hiroshi Aoyama has been named as Honda Racing Corporation’s new test rider. The former 250cc World Champion will take a role in developing the new RC213V-RS, Honda’s 2015 Open Class bike that features pneumatic valve engine. Karel Abraham and Nicky Hayden were due to test the new machine at Valencia this week. » Remy Gardner will race in Moto3 full-time next year. The son of 1987 500c champion Wayne Gardner has signed a deal with CIP and will race a Mahindra alongside Tatsuki Suzuki. Gardner, 16, raced at Phillip Island and Sepang as a Wildcard, scoring a point with 15th in Malaysia. » Tito Rabat may have missed out on the win but his second place gave his 346 points for the season, a new record. The old Moto2 record was set, inevitably, by Marc Marquez, who logged 328 points in 2012. Alex de Angelis is a surprise inclusion on the 2015 MotoGP entry list after signing a deal with Iodaracing. The San Marino racer was expected to seal a WSBK ride for 2015 but has signed a two-year deal with Iodaracing, replacing Danil Petrucci, who is moving to Pramac Racing. “I am very happy that I have reached a two-year agreement with Team Octo Iodaracing,” said de Angelis. “This enhances even more my decision to leave Moto2 for MotoGP [mid-way through 2015]. “We will begin immediately by testing on Monday to see our potential and I am very happy about this because being a newcomer in the premier class, I need to do a lot of kilometres. Thanks to Giampiero Sacchi for his confidence in me and for organising everything in such a short time.” What is less certain is what de Angelis will ride next year. With Aprilia expected to substantially wind back its World Superbike commitments in line with its new MotoGP partnership with Fausto Gresini, it may well be that de Angelis finds himself on an undated version of the bike on which Petrucci struggled this year. He has a best result of 11place and is 20th in the championship. IODA GRABS DE ANGElIS MOTOGp BACK TO AUSTRIA 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: