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Six-mile, 34 turns and a 30° carousel - New Flatrock Motorsports Park eyes US MotoGP date

Flatrock Motorsports Park
Flatrock Motorsports Park, Tennessee

The arrival of new American outfit Trackhouse Racing has raised hopes of Dorna adding a second MotoGP round in the United States to the schedule held at the new Flatrock Motorsports Park complex currently under construction.

Located in Tennessee, around 130 miles east of state capital Nashville, Flatrock Motorsports Park is nearing completion ahead of its planned inauguration later this year.

Having already declared its intentions to petition for a round of MotoGP, as well potentially lure WorldSBK back to the United States, Flatrock Motorsports Park has applied for a circuit grading that permits high-profile international competition there.

Flatrock Motorsports Park, Tennessee
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Its cause will likely be aided by the venue’s close proximity to the Nashville base of Trackhouse Entertainment Group, which branches out from NASCAR to make its MotoGP debut in 2024 having taken over from RNF Racing as Aprilia’s new satellite partner under the banner, Trackhouse Racing.

Should this occur, MotoGP will discover a unique challenge at Flatrock Motorsports Park, which boasts a number of unusual features as part of its Hermann Tilke-penned layout.

For one, at 9.493km (almost six miles) in its largest configuration, it’s almost double the length of MotoGP’s three current longest circuits - Sepang, Circuit of The Americas and Mugello - while even its more compact ‘Club Circuit’ would exceed the aforementioned trio at 5.631km.

For MotoGP, however, a 4.296km configuration is expected to receive the FIM homologation licence.

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Either way, the layout throughout takes advantage of the undulating territory around its verdant Rockwood location with ongoing elevation changes to rival those found at Portimao and the Sachsenring.

Boasting 34 turns in total at its lengthiest, its highlight is a specially constructed banked turn set at an angle of 30°. As a comparison, Daytona’s iconic banked curve is 31°, Zandvoort’s recently upgraded venue has a 32° bend, while the famed Nordschleife ‘Carousel’ is set at 17°.

Will MotoGP be heading stateside twice-a-year?

Should Flatrock Motorsports Park get the green light to join the MotoGP schedule, it would see the United States host two rounds in a single season for the first time since 2015 when Circuit of The Americas and Laguna Seca both featured on the calendar.


Though the United States has previously hosted three MotoGP events as recently as 2013 - at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in addition to the aforementioned COTA and Laguna Seca - today’s single round reflects a general decline in popularity for the series across the pond.

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However, while there has been no full-time American rider on the MotoGP grid since the late Nicky Hayden’s final season in 2015, it is hoped Trackhouse Racing - which operates primarily as an entertainment group specialising in marketing the promotion - will stimulate an increase in interest for MotoGP as a whole.

As for WorldSBK, it hasn’t visited the United States since 2019 when Laguna Seca featured on the calendar.

Despite the US market being of particular importance to the likes of Ducati and Yamaha, the United States has had an intermittent presence on the WorldSBK programme over the last 35 years with Laguna Seca, Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park) and Brainerd Motorsports Park featuring.

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