MotoGP to debut in India, find out more


New Delhi: India is all set to host a round of the MotoGP World Championship. This is the latest high-profile series of races to come to the country following the confirmation of the Hyderabad Formula E race to be held in February 2023.

The ‘Bharat Grand Prix’, as it is called, is organized by Noida-based Fairsteet Sports, and an official confirmation is expected next week at an event attended by top officials from Dorna (the MotoGP promoter ).

Where will the MotoGP race be held in India?

Speaking at the FMSCI’s annual awards ceremony earlier this year, the governing body’s president Akbar Ebrahim had already confirmed that talks were underway to bring MotoGP to India. While we will have to wait a little longer for official details, the race is likely to be held at the Buddh International Circuit.

Organizers are trying to secure a place on the 2023 MotoGP calendar, but this is conditional on the track receiving the necessary FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) approval. Given the tight deadline, 2024 would be more realistic.

This is not the first time the circuit has explored hosting a major international two-wheeler series. There were plans to host a World Superbike Championship round at the track in mid-2010, but this was canceled after several postponements.

Of course, since then India has seen a huge push for motor racing with several new circuits and several international championships coming to the country.

The inaugural season of the Indian Racing Festival will begin in November 2022 with Formula Regional India and F4 India, both eligible for FIA Super License points, a first for India. And then there is the Hyderabad E-Prix which will be held on February 11, 2023.

The first season of the FIM MiniGP World Series in India also ended recently. Winner Shreyas Hareesh and second runner-up Jinendra Kiran Sangave will now represent India at the MiniGP Finals to be held in Valencia in November during the 2022 MotoGP Finals week.

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