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2015-09-14 09:30

DROPPED FROM CALENDAR: Indianapolis will not host a round of the MotoGP world championship in 2016. Image: AFP / Alberto Pizzoli

New York, USA - Indianapolis will not host a round of the MotoGP world championship next year while Austria is to join the 18-race calendar with a new race at the Red Bull Ring, organisers announced on Friday.

The famed Motor Speedway has hosted MotoGP since 2008 and promoters Dorna said the decision to cancel the contract was mutual.

In search of more revenue

IMS president J Douglas Boles said: "This outcome reflects the best interests of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dorna Sports."

"The timing is right to pursue other opportunities that drive greater revenue for both the speedway and our Central Indiana economy."

The decision leaves the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as the only US round remaining on the calendar after Laguna Seca, California was dropped in 2014.

The Dutch GP will switch from a Saturday to a Sunday as previously announced.

Provisional calendar:

March 20 - Qatar

April 3 - Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo)

April 10 - Americas (Austin, Texas)

April 24 - Spain (Jerez)

May 8 - France (Le Mans)

May 22 - Italy (Mugello)

June 5 - Catalunya (Barcelona)

June 26 - Netherlands (Assen)

July 10 - Germany (Sachsenring)

July 17 - Britain (Silverstone)

Aug 14 - Austria (Red Bull Ring)

Aug 21 - Czech Republic (Brno)

Sept 11 - San Marino (Misano)

Sept 25 - Aragon (Motorland Aragon)

Oct 9 - Malaysia (Sepang)

Oct 16 - Japan (Motegi)

Oct 23 - Australia (Phillip Island)

Nov 6 - Valencia

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