India’s MotoGP race has been in the works for months, with the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) announcing in June that it was “working to bring MotoGP and Formula E” into second place in the world. a populous nation.
Several local media outlets reported on Friday that the 2023 MotoGP is in the works for India, with Dorna chief Carmelo Espeleto expected to make an announcement ahead of next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Autosport has now independently confirmed from multiple sources that the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of Delhi could host a MotoGP race as early as next year, although 2024 is seen as a more realistic option for India’s first Grand Prix.
This follows Dorna’s successful run of the first edition of FIM Mini GP India this month, which aims to identify young talent and offer them a pathway all the way to MotoGP.
Dorna had earlier tried to enter the Indian market nearly a decade ago when the Buddh Circuit joined the World Superbike Championship calendar in 2013, but the race was canceled due to “operational issues”.
However, unlike the three Formula One races held in India between 2011 and 2013 and the canned WSBK, the proposed MotoGP race at Buddh will not be promoted by track owner Jaypee Group. The beleaguered conglomerate is reeling under a mountain of debt, with one of the group’s companies defaulting on loans earlier this year and another struggling with insolvency proceedings.
Instead, Noida-based FairStreet Sports has been roped in to promote the planned race, which will be the first of its kind in India.
Buddh International Circuit hosted three Indian Grand Prix between 2011 and 2013
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The Buddh International Circuit previously hosted the penultimate leg of the 2016 Asian Road Racing Championship organized by the Madras Motor Sports Club – the owner of the MMRT track in Chennai.
Although the BIC was primarily built as a Formula 1 circuit, it was designed with bicycle racing in mind and features an alternate section of the 10/11/12 turn, which was also used by the ARRC.
If the plan goes ahead, it will make India the latest country in the southern half of Asia to join the MotoGP circuit, after Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
MotoGP has been spreading its wings in this region for several years and India is seen as the logical next step in its expansion as it is home to the world’s largest two-wheeler market.