US gets three motorcycle Grands Prix

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Aerial view shows construction in progress at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, due to host its first motorcycle Grand Prix on April 21.

MotoGP will have three races in the United States on its 2013 calendar after championship organisers Dorna announced that the Austin circuit in Texas will host a race on April 21.

Like the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, the date will feature only a MotoGP category race.

It will give Ben Spies a chance to shine in front of his fellow Texans in his first season on a Ducati after moving from Yamaha.

The third of the American races, the Indianapolis Grand Prix, will involve all three categories - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

In all, 19 Grands Prix are scheduled for next year, including a return to Argentina. - AFP

Provisional calendar for the 2013 Motorcycle Grand Prix season:

March 31: Qatar GP at Losail (night race)

April 14: Argentina GP - to be confirmed

April 21: Austin GP at Texas (only MotoGP)

May 5: Spanish GP at Jerez de la Frontera

May 19: French GP at Le Mans

June 2: Italian GP at Mugello

June 16: Catalonian GP at Barcelona

June 29: Dutch GP at Assen

July 14: German GP at Sachsenring

July 21: United States GP at Laguna Seca, California (only MotoGP)

August 18: Indianapolis GP at Indianapolis, Indiana

August 25: Czech GP at Brno

September 1: British GP at Silverstone

September 15: San Marino GP at Misano (Italy)

September 29: Aragon GP at Motorland Aragon (Spain)

October 13: Malaysian GP at Sepang

October 20: Australian GP at Phillip Island

October 27: Japanese GP at Motegi

November 10: Valencia GP (Spain)

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