• MotoGP Is Racing Its Way To India

Dorna has agreed to a 7-year deal with Fairstreet Sports to bring MotoGP to India

India already has had a taste of Formula One, and now the country is set to get a taste of MotoGP. Dorna Sports, the official promoters of MotoGP has signed a 7-year MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Fairstreet Sports to host MotoGP races in India.

While details on the race are still pretty scarce, it is set to be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida. While a date for the grand prix is yet to be decided, it is being targeted for the 2023 season. Otherwise, Dorna is looking at a test session that year in India, with a race most likely happening in 2024.

Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh said, “It is a matter of great pride for Uttar Pradesh to host such a globally prestigious mega sports event. Not only will the event boost the hospitality and tourism sectors, but it will also put UP on the global platform. Our government will provide all the necessary support to make this event a huge success.”

Union Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur during the meeting with FSS team said- “It’s a historical day for the sporting and automobile industry and a befitting tribute to the Azadai Ka Amrit Maha Utsav celebrations, marking India’s befitting arrival in the global platform of Auto Sports. He further opined that India could potentially be one of MotoGp’s biggest markets in terms of viewership as well as revenue. It gives us immense pride that the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has chosen India as the next destination for expanding the global footprint of the MotoGP World Championship. The sport enjoys immense popularity among India’s motorcycle racing community, and we are confident that the international exposure will also boost the sport in India.”

Carlos Ezpeleta, Managing Director, Dorna Sports, said, “MotoGP continues to earn new audiences and fans worldwide. This makes it imperative for us to expand its presence to new destinations where fans and riders are growing every year. India is key to our scheme of taking MotoGP sport to new frontiers. Over the past decade, the MotoGP World Championship has gone from strength to strength, thanks to a competitive grid and a well-crafted set of rules. We look forward to gaining a wider fan base in India with the Grand Prix of Bharat.”

Pushkar Nath, COO, Fairstreet Sports, said, “Motorcycling as a sport is greatly admired in India. By bringing the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing event here, we hope to boost its fan base further and encourage more young bikers to take up the sport. As the world collectively rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, the sporting event is also expected to re-energize India's sports tourism.”

As things stand the 2023 MotoGP calendar has yet to be finalised with only the season-opening round confirmed to run between March 23-26 at Portimao. While 2023 is still a long ways away, the confirmation of MotoGP arriving in India should serve as a massive landmark moment for motorsport in India.

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