Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta will meet this weekend at Silverstone with a group from the proposed new MotoGP event in Brazil, with the fate of that event and possibly the existing World Championship races at Laguna Seca and Valencia dancing on hot coals.
Ezpeleta traveled to Brasilia after the Indianapolis GP two weeks ago to announce Dorna's intent to place a World Championship event there in 2014, joining neighbor Argentina as new South American races on the calendar next year.
But the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasilia needs a massive overhaul to meet FIM and GP Safety Commission standards, and Ezpeleta is meeting with the Boys from Brazil to determine whether that work can get started and finished on time for the track to host a race in the second half of the 2014 season.
"If everything goes well, they can start the work in December, and if they do it then the track will be finished by May, and our idea is to make the Grand Prix in the second part of the 2014 championship," a clearly optimistic by South America standards Ezpeleta said to British media.
Argentina definitely is in for 2014, to run early in the season either before or after the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin. So to keep the schedule at 18 races, one of the existing races must be cut, with heavy paddock rumor suggesting either Laguna Seca or Valencia.
If Brazil can join the schedule next year, that could cause Ezpeleta to swing his machete twice, with both Laguna and Valencia at risk.
"But for Brazil, we need to make another space, and it is not sure if we cancel another race, and then Brazil doesn't happen, then we are left with 17 races," Ezpeleta said. "Most probably we will present a pre-calendar with some TBC races.
"If only one of the existing races can be canceled and Brazil goes ahead, then maybe we need to go to 19. In principle, the manufacturers and also Dorna doesn't want that. We prefer to keep 18 races, but we don't know exactly."
Laguna Seca General Manager Gill Campbell has insisted since the Indianapolis GP that her race is solidly under contract for 2014. With former three-time world champion Wayne Rainey as a board member at Laguna, Dorna will have their hands full trying to pull out of Monterey.