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Statement regarding the future of the United States Grand Prix

Statement regarding the future of the United States Grand Prix

Statement regarding the future of the United States Grand Prix

When questioned as to the possibility of MotoGP returning to the United States and more specifically the status of talks with the Barber Motorsports Park, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta offered the following comment: "We are very pleased with the continued growth in popularity of the MotoGP World Championship Series as evidenced by the increased attendance figures in 2003. We are presently in discussions with the Barber Motorsports Park for 2005 and believe it to be in the best interest of the series to return to the United States. We are optimistic and anticipate further word on developments in early 2004."

When asked to comment on the status of current discussions, Gene Hallman, President of the Bruno Event Team added the following: "The Barber Motorsports Park had an excellent year in 2003. The facility hosted two very successful spectator events culminating with the AMA Honda Superbike Classic, which attracted approximately 50,000 spectators. Development of the facility was completed with the grand opening of the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum, the largest motorcycle museum in the world. Overall, the venue has received extremely high marks and we are very excited about the potential of this facility. With regard to MotoGP, we are confident that this facility would be an excellent location for a U.S. Grand Prix. We will continue our discussions with Dorna for a 2005 event and hope to have closure in the Spring of 2004." The Bruno Event Team is a sports marketing company based in Birmingham, Alabama that manages spectator events at the Barber Motorsports Park.

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MotoGP, 2003

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