the creation "in the near future" of a Grand Prix in India

MotoGP is ready to host a new Grand Prix. The boss of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta, discusses with India to create a new circuit.

The promoter of the MotoGP world championship, Dorna, announced on Wednesday that it was working with the Indian authorities with a view to the creation "in the near future" of a Grand Prix in India.

The boss of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta, went to the international circuit of Buddh, not far from New Delhi, tipped to host this race if it integrates the calendar. "The possibility of having a MotoGP event in India would be an incredible spectacle for our fans, while allowing us to continue to develop the sport in the region", underlined the Spanish CEO of Dorna Sports after his meeting with the representatives of the State of Uttar Pradesh, where the circuit is located.

"This is a historic day that marks India's arrival on the global motorsport platform," said Federal Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur. “India could become one of the biggest MotoGP markets in terms of viewership and revenue,” he added. Two weeks ago, Dorna announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia to soon host one of the rounds of the MotoGP world championship, without specifying a date or circuit.

Faced with a drop in attendance at certain European Grand Prix, the Moto GP promoter is looking to bounce back by expanding its global audience. The 2023 calendar, expected in October, could feature a total of 21 races, as was planned in 2022 before the cancellation of the Finnish GP. New next year: each event will feature two races, a sprint race on Saturday and the real Grand Prix on Sunday.

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