SportMotoGPThe MotoGP World Championship prepares its landing in India

The MotoGP World Championship prepares its landing in India

Carlos Ezpeleta, sports director of Dorna, announced at a press conference held this Wednesday in Delhi, together with FairStreet Sports, promoter of the event, the agreement between both parties to host a MotoGP Grand Prix in the Asian country for at least , seven seasons.

The test would take place at the Buddh International Circuit , on the outskirts of the capital. The 5.125 km track is known for having hosted the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix between 2011 and 2013, before falling off the calendar for financial, bureaucratic and fiscal reasons.

Talks with Uttar Pradesh, representing the Indian government, as well as the Ministry of Sports are well advanced, and the event is expected to be officially confirmed shortly.

The first edition of the Bharat Grand Prix (as the race will be called) is due to take place in 2024 at the earliest, although no tentative date has yet been set by Dorna.

Carlos Ezpeleta has said that it is important for MotoGP to expand its reach to India, the world’s largest two-wheel market and an important country for the five manufacturers that compete in the world championship.

MotoGP has been strengthening its presence on the Asian continent for several campaigns, with the new Grand Prix of Thailand and Indonesia, with great success among the local public. Dorna sees India as the next step in continuing this strategy.

If the deal goes through, MotoGP will become the first motorcycle world championship to visit India since the Asian Road Racing Championship, between 2016 and 2018. The first event was held at the Buddh International Circuit, before the event moved to the Madras Autodrome in Chennai for the next two seasons.

This World Cup event would be added to the announcement of Formula E, which will hold a race in Hyderabad next February.

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Carlos Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, said: “MotoGP continues to gain new audiences and fans around the world. This makes it imperative for us to expand our presence to new destinations where fans and riders grow every year.”

“India is key in our plan to take MotoGP to new frontiers. In the last decade, the MotoGP World Championship has gone from strength to strength, thanks to a competitive grid and well-crafted regulations. We hope to get a larger fan base in India with the Bharat Grand Prix”.

Pushkar Nath, COO of Fairstreet Sports, added: “Motorcycling is a much-admired sport in India. By bringing the world’s most prestigious motorcycle races here, we hope to further boost its fan base and encourage more young people to start in this sport.

“As the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, the sporting event is also expected to reinvigorate sports tourism from India.”

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