MotoGP Officially Coming To India, First Race To Happen In 2023

Bharat Grand Prix 2023

The MotoGP event in India will be known as the Grand Prix of Bharat, and it will be held at the Buddh International Circuit, India’s motorsports mecca (BIC). While the Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the next seven years, the exact date of the Bharat Grand Prix has yet to be determined. Dorna Sports, on the other hand, is working on finalising a date for the MotoGP calendar in 2023.

Carlos Ezpeleta, Managing Director of Dorna Sports, stated in an official statement to the media that bringing MotoGP to India was an obvious decision because India is the world’s largest two-wheeler market. Dorna Sports hopes to attract new motorsport fans in India and around the world with the Grand Prix of Bharat. 

The organisers of the Grand Prix of Bharat are already in talks with the Uttar Pradesh government and the Ministry of Sports in the Central Government about holding the event at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida. However, given that the Buddh International Circuit has yet to be homologated by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the 2023 event appears to be in jeopardy.

MotoGP is coming to India; here's all you to know about the racing event

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It Will Happen On Buddh International Circuit

What is the current status of the Buddh International Circuit?

Buddh International Circuit, which was officially inaugurated in 2011, was built with a Rs 2,000 crore investment and hosted the Indian Grand Prix from 2011 to 2013. Because the track was originally designed to host Formula One races, it will require some modifications to be suitable for motorcycle racing. The announcement that BIC will host a MotoGP race comes after a long wait since rumours of the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) taking place on the track first surfaced in the mid-2010s.

After a tax dispute with the Indian government in 2013, Formula One never returned to India. The Indian government did not recognise racing as a sport, so the F1 organisers had to pay the full tax to organise the event and import the vehicles and technology.

In response to this announcement, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated that hosting such a mega event will be a source of great pride for the state. The MotoGP event will also help to create new job opportunities, as approximately 50,000 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of this event. Aside from that, the MotoGP mega event may play an important role in boosting the hospitality and tourism industries of the region.

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