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The MotoGP calendar 2023: new rounds and sprint races

Welcome to another exciting season of MotoGP racing

The 2023 MotoGP World Championship calendar proposes 21 races. The new schedule starts in Portugal in March and ends as usual with the Ricardo Tormo round in Valencia in late November. And from here we immediately understand what are the first changes for the much anticipated upcoming season of the premier class of motorcycle racing.

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2023 MotoGP calendar

March 26: Portimao / Portugal

April 2: Termas de Rio Hondo / Argentina

April 16: Circuit of the Americas / United States

April 30: Circuit de Jerez / Spain

May 14: Le Mans / France

June 11: Mugello International Circuit / Italy

June 18: Sachsenring / Germany

June 25: Assen / Netherlands

July 9: Sokol International Racetrack / Kazakhstan

August 6: Silverstone / Great Britain

August 20: Red Bull Ring Spielberg / Austria

September 3: Barcelona / Catalonia

September 10: Misano International Circuit / San Marino

September 24: Buddh / India

October 1: Motegi / Japan

October 15: Mandalika / Indonesia

October 22: Phillip Island / Australia

29 October: Buriram / Thailand

November 12: Sepang / Malaysia

November 19: Losail / Qatar

November 26: Ricardo Tormo Valencia / Valencia

The MotoGP calendar 2023

The first change from the previous seasons (and also from the provisional calendar) begins with the start of the championship itself, with the first race of the season. The MotoGP season for more than a decade has always opened the season with a night Grand Prix in Qatar.

Instead, in the 2023 season the MotoGP World Championship will start from Europe, specifically from the Portimao circuit in Portugal on March 24, and then fly to Argentina (Termas de Rio Hondo) and America, and return to Europe with the classic Spanish grands prix of Jerez De la Frontera, which has always been the first European event of the top two-wheel championship, and Le Mans in France.

The second big news of the MotoGP Calendar concerns a new race: the Grand Prix of Kazakhstan will be run on July 7 at the new Sokol International Racetrack in Almaty, the country’s largest city. In Kazakhstan there will be racing for the next 5 years, in fact this is the duration of the agreement signed between the circuit and Dorna. Kazakhstan thus becomes the 30th country to host a MotoGP Grand Prix since 1949.

After this new Grand Prix there will be the classic three-week summer break and then resume with four more European grands prix, Silverstone, Austria, Barcelona for the Catalan GP and San Marino.

 

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The Buddh Grand Prix and the “new” triple header schedule

The second big news on the 2023 MotoGP schedule is the Indian race in september, as anticipated in the provisional agenda. After the four European races we move to India where the fourteenth round of the 2023 MotoGP will be run, specifically at the Buddh International Circuit.

Introducing a Grand Prix in India is certainly an excellent strategic choice; with a population of more than 1.4 billion people and more than 200 million motorcycles on its roads, India represents a huge market both in terms of audience for the championship and in terms of visibility for motorcycle companies.

A true economic and cultural powerhouse

In fact, as the premier class of motorcycle racing statement says. “India is a true economic and cultural powerhouse, Two-wheeled transportation accounts for nearly 75 percent of the total number of vehicles used on a daily basis, making India one of the largest motorcycle markets in the world and a key hub for MotoGP™ paddock manufacturers. Racing at Buddh International Circuit will bring the sport into the heart of this key market and make it more accessible than ever to our fans throughout the region.

The Indian race will be the first of seven races (what was once called “the triple header”) in Asia and Oceania -Japan, Indonesia, Phillip Island, Thailand, Malaysia and Qatar- the season then ends as always in Europe, in Valencia on Nov. 24.

No Finland for the MotoGP calendar 2023. Again

Other news in terms of what is new is the absence of the Finnish round, which was already included in the provisional calendar but then not held because apparently the circuit was not yet ready. It was thought that it would be within a year and instead other problems were added and so no dice, Finland also skips in 2023.

A very busy 21-race schedule with newcomers and many confirmations from the circuit perspective.

Then there is an important point to be made regarding the Grand Prix format, especially that of Saturday. The real element that impactfully changes the format of the championship, and thus the entire practice and race, is the introduction of the Sprint Race in the weekend schedule.

The MotoGP calendar 2023 : new races and downloadable PDF calendar, RTR Sports

Silvia Schweiger
Silvia Schweiger
Sport has always been my passion and I was lucky enough to be able to make it my job too. Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures, with a Master in Marketing and Communication, for 20 years I have been offering consultancy to companies wishing to use sport as a marketing and communication tool to better engage with their target and reach their objectives. Without sport, life is boring.
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