MotoGP set to cancel Indian GP, Kazakhstan planned to fill empty slot

Buddh International Circuit signed seven-year hosting deal in 2022 and debuted on schedule last year.
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  • Debut race in Kazakhstan postponed until late 2024 due to flooding
  • Circuit promoter in India has reportedly fallen severely behind on payments

MotoGP is set to drop the Indian Grand Prix from the 2024 calendar, with a race in Kazakhstan likely to take its place.

As first reported by Motorsport.com, the series has encountered issues with the promoter at Buddh International Circuit, which has culminated in the Indian Grand Prix being dropped after just one year on the schedule.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the inaugural Kazakhstan Grand Prix, originally planned for 16th June, had been postponed until later in 2024 due to flooding. The race was set to debut in 2023 but was cancelled due to ongoing homologation works.

BlackBook Motorsport understands that the slot held by the Indian Grand Prix (20th to 22nd September) is one of the only windows in which the postponed Kazakhstan race can be held. The impending cancellation of the Indian race avoids a potential logistical headache for series organisers.

Motorsport.com reports that Dorna executives have set the Buddh International Circuit a deadline of 20th May for outstanding payments, after which an official announcement can be made on the track’s departure from the 2024 calendar.

Following the cancellation of the Argentinean Grand Prix earlier this year, it now means this season will only contain 20 races. 2024 was originally set to see a record-breaking 24-race schedule.

BlackBook says…

It’s disappointing to see the Indian Grand Prix set to depart the MotoGP calendar after a promising debut last year.

A seven-year contract was originally agreed with organisers at the Buddh International Circuit so it is unclear how this cancellation will impact the wider deal.

Despite numerous visa issues in the build-up, the inaugural race went ahead without too many other difficulties. The attendance was weak, but this was expected for what was essentially a trial run for the race in the country.

With a passionate fanbase in India, and an unprecedented market for two-wheelers in the country, this will feel like a missed opportunity if the future of the event is not secured.

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