A collective groan could be heard from MotoGP mechanics and team logistics managers after Dorna announced Tuesday that the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring was moved from July 7 to its original date of July 14.
That expected date shuffle - created when the German GP Formula One race was moved to July 7 - spawned a taxing two-race stretch for MotoGP teams in July, with the Sachsenring race immediately followed by the U.S. Grand Prix a week later and an ocean and continent away in Laguna Seca.
Dorna also confirmed Jerez would remain on the MotoGP calendar through 2015, as reported last week, despite the circuit's recent financial troubles.
There will be four MotoGP races next year in Spain, a lineup that almost certainly will be trimmed as early as 2014 due to that country's financial problems (reports have it that the unemployment rate in Spain now tops 50% for one age group) and a growing list of nations wanting a spot on the calendar. Other Spanish MotoGP races will take place at Barcelona, Aragon and Valencia.