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

Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

Shimoda injured
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Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”

Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.

The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.

Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.

Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.

Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.

Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.

Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”