Motorcycling: MotoGP will return to Indy in 2014

The Indianapolis MotoGP will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next season.

Officials of IMS and Dorna, the sport's sanctioning body, said Sunday the race will be back for a seventh consecutive year. The dates will be announced later.

Since 2014 marks the final year of the agreement to hold all three classes of the MotoGP World Championship (MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3) at the Brickyard, IMS and Dorna are discussing a long-term relationship beyond the current contract.

Both sides could have opted out of holding next year's race at the circuit that stages US motor racing's Indianapolis 500.

There had been speculation the race would not return in 2014. This year Indianapolis is one of three MotoGP events in the United States, along with races at Laguna Seca in California and at Austin, Texas.

"The last six years have established a solid foundation for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP," said IMS president Doug Boles, "and we're optimistic about the growth of the event in Indianapolis."

Indianapolis has hosted the MotoGP race since 2008.