MotoGP announces provisional 2023 calendar

The 21-race season starts in Portugal on 26th March before concluding in Valencia on 26th November.
  • Kazakhstan and India planned to debut in 2023
  • Catalan GP gets new September date, while Aragon GP drops out

MotoGP has announced its provisional calendar for 2023, including debut appearances for Kazakhstan and India.

Ratified by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), the 21-race calendar will begin with the Portuguese Grand Prix from 24th to 26th March and conclude with the season finale in Valencia from 24th to 26th November.

2023 will see Kazakhstan become the 30th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix at its purpose-built Sokol International Racetrack, the 74th venue to stage a premier class race.

India is also included on the provisional calendar, although both new events are 'subject to contract and homologation', according to the MotoGP announcement. When the seven-year contract for the Indian Grand Prix was unveiled last week, it was suggested that a more realistic start date for the race would be in 2024.

MotoGP also points out its efforts to 'reduce its carbon footprint' by grouping the races in Asia together, although this includes the final two races of Qatar and Valencia being held on back-to-back weekends. Furthermore, the season starts with the MotoGP paddock having to travel to Portugal and Argentina on consecutive weekends.

The Qatar Grand Prix will not be the season-opening race, as it has been since 2007, following extensive track renovations to the Lusail International Circuit. The Aragon Grand Prix also drops off the calendar, although the circuit recently signed a five-year contract extension with the global motorcycling series which will see the event feature on the calendar at least three times up to 2026.

Meanwhile, September is set to be the new date of the Catalan Grand Prix, having traditionally been held in June.

One new race that will not feature on the 2023 calendar is the recently announced event in Saudi Arabia, as it does not have a confirmed start date yet.

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