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Charlotte set to host MXGP round at ZMAX Dragway

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Charlotte is set to host a motorcycle race in 2016, with the MXGP World Championship set to run at ZMAX Dragway, Sept. 2-3, 2016.

The event was formally announced last night, featuring motocross legend Jeremy McGrath and SMI CEO Marcus Smith, among others.

The dirt race course will take up all four lanes of ZMAX Dragway, as the track that hosts a round of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series converts into this new type format.

“At Speedway Motorsports, Inc., we are always committed to bringing world-class events to our facilities, and there is no bigger motocross event in the world than the Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas,” Smith said in a release.

“Youthstream, the owner of MXGP, is an excellent partner with a grand vision.  Not only will we have an opportunity to host competitors and fans from three continents and 16 countries, we’ll be able to showcase our facility and Charlotte on the world stage with the Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas.”

More information on the event can be found here, via the MXGP website. A link to the event via the CMS website is here.

The MXGP of the Americas confirmation followed after an earlier Sports Business Daily report, which incorrectly identified MXGP as the MotoGP World Championship. The reporter issued a correction and an apology for the error.

MotoGP’s round at Circuit of The Americas, set for April 8-10, continues as planned, a track spokesperson confirmed to MotorSportsTalk.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.