Moto GP will return to Indianapolis

There are those who love it and those who don't.

Casey Stoner complained all Moto GP weekend about track conditions while Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards applauded it.

In years past there were complaints the course was too rough and this year some said it was too slick-all while the Indianapolis Grand Prix was entering its last year of its contract.

But motorcycle racing at its highest level will indeed return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at least for three more years after the speedway and the commercial rights holder for Moto GP Dorna Sports came to an agreement this weekend.

The 2012 Indianapolis Grand Prix weekend has been scheduled for August 17-19, one week earlier than this year.

"We're happy to welcome back the exciting action and colorful, daring riders of MotoGP to IMS," said speedway president Jeff Belskus in a statement release through the Speedway. "This event brings a unique international flavor and style of racing to the Speedway that has become a solid, new tradition on our annual schedule.

"We're excited about the event's potential for continued growth into the future."

American rider Ben Spies added this in a statement as well:

"It's great news to hear that Indianapolis is going to stay on the calendar for another three years," Spies said. "As every rider knows, there's nothing more special than coming to a home race and putting it all on the line in front of your fans.
"I've had pretty exciting races there so far in GP, and there's so much history at the Brickyard, it's a pleasure to be a part of it. I hope it continues to be a platform to bring MotoGP to a bigger American audience."
Next year's race will include the new 1000cc motorcycles which are being brought into Moto GP next season along with the Moto 2 and Moto 3 series.