The MotoGP series is about to undergo a transformation in 2012, with the premier class returning to 1000cc engine capacity and the 125cc bikes being replaced by the 250cc four-stroke Moto3 formula. But the bikes are not the only thing due to change: the calendar itself is likely to undergo a radical transformation, with several new tracks being added while others disappear.
One of the tracks being touted as a new venue for MotoGP was the circuit currently under construction just outside of Austin, Texas. Over the past year or so, rumors that MotoGP would be heading there have been swelling to such an extent that the question appeared not to be whether the series would go there, but merely when. Would the track be ready to host a race in 2012, or would Texan race fans - of which there are many - have to wait until 2013?