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March 16th, 2009
It was a matter of national pride as well as an international schedule of performance motorcycle racing, but it appears both will be set back a year.
What was to be the inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix, set to take place on 20 September has been put back a year until 2010.
As some point to another victim of the global financial crisis, others attribute it to another harsh winter for the European country. However, neither has affected the various parties involved or their commitment to bring MotoGP to Hungary on a five-year contract, just starting a year later than planned.
The International Motorsport Federation will not replace the race on the 2009 schedule so it will only have 17 races and a four-week gap between rounds 13 in San Marino on 6 September and round 14 in Portugal.
The 2009 championship that sees Valentino Rossi defending his world title, starts in Qatar on 12 April, with Hungary having been scheduled to replace China when the provisional schedule for the season was announced.