MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta gave an interview to Spanish TV last weekend at Brno. Ezpeleta spoke about the 2014 MotoGP schedule and reportedly said either that Laguna Seca is off the 2014 MotoGP schedule, or that Laguna Seca is off the schedule after 2014.
For the record: Laguna Seca has a signed contract with Dorna for a MotoGP event through 2014.
While some Europeans may quickly dismiss Laguna Seca because it's in a time zone that forces them to stay up late to see the race, the event doesn't include Moto2 and Moto3, and the facility lacks permanent garages, Laguna remains an endearing and historic racetrack with a layout like no other and a character all its own that riders like Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, and even Dani Pedrosa, enjoy. It's been said here many times previously but is no less true today: the access road leading into Laguna Seca is better than many racetracks the world over.
Additionally there is an item Dorna might want to consider before erasing Laguna Seca from the MotoGP schedule, in 2014 or 2015 and beyond. It is this: Wayne Rainey
Former three time world champion Rainey is a Laguna Seca neighbor, the spiritual Godfather to the track and a former GP winner at Laguna Seca. But he is actually much more than a "special friend" to Laguna Seca. He's a former member of Laguna Seca's board of directors and has a very close relationship with the track--he is an honorary director and an adviser of all things motorcycle to Laguna. Thus, telling Laguna Seca CEO Gill Cambell that Laguna Seca is off the MotoGP schedule may be one thing for Dorna. However, telling Wayne Rainey that Laguna Seca is off the schedule--probably quite another. Dorna is already at war with one American 500 legend, it's highly doubtful they want to make his rival angry too.
Press reports have it that the 2014 MotoGP schedule may be leaked or released next week.