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MotoGP releases updated 2016 calendar

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Following the initial publication of the provisional calendar for the 2016 MotoGP season in September, the series has this week released an updated schedule with a few minor date tweaks.

The original calendar was notable for the omission of the Indianapolis Grand Prix after officials at IMS and Dorna, MotoGP’s promoter, agreed to a termination of their contract.

This leaves the Grand Prix of America at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas as the only U.S. round on the MotoGP schedule.

Indy’s loss proved to be Austria’s gain, though, after the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg joined the calendar.

Here’s a run-down of the changes on the revised calendar and the schedule in full.

  • The German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring moves back one week from July 10 to July 17, taking the slot of the British Grand Prix.
  • This has been made possible by the British Grand Prix’s switch back to its traditional end of summer slot, now being held on September 4.
  • The Malaysian Grand Prix moves from being the first of the traditional Malaysia-Japan-Australia triple-header to being the last, taking place on October 30.
  • The final round in Valencia has been pushed back a week, creating a two-week gap between the penultimate race and the title decider.

2016 MotoGP updated provisional calendar

1. Qatar March 20
2. Argentina April 3
3. USA April 10
4. Spain April 24
5. France May 8
6. Italy May 22
7. Catalunya June 5
8. Dutch TT June 26
9. Germany July 17
10. Austria August 14
11. Czech Republic August 21
12. Great Britain September 4
13. San Marino September 11
14. Aragon September 25
15. Japan October 16
16. Australia October 23
17. Malaysia October 30
18. Valencia November 13

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.