Dorna Sports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bring MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 to races in India and Saudi Arabia.
Double news for the future of MotoGP: Dorna Sports has signed an agreement to bring the World Racing Championships to India and Saudi Arabia.
The organization of these GPs, as well as the huge impact, in terms of vision, of the World Championships, will lead to the creation of development programs for young Indian and Saudi riders. The Road to MotoGP program will provide a great opportunity for riders from these countries to compete at the highest levels.
The Indian Grand Prix should be held at Buddh International Circuit, which already hosted Formula 1 races between 2011 and 2013. Organizers are working with Dorna to allow the event to take place early in the 2023 season even if MotoGP is likely to arrive in India in 2024 .
On the other hand, there is less certainty regarding the Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia. The Arab country does not yet have a suitable facility to host a motorbike race, but the tremendous progress that has been made in the field of motorsport, with the organization of Formula 1, Formula E and Dakar races, hopes to find a possible solution in a short time. .
MotoGP continues to gain new audiences – announce Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta – and new fans around the world. This makes it imperative to expand into destinations where passengers and fans are growing every year. India is key to our project to take MotoGP to new heights. We look forward to gaining a larger fan base in India with the Bharat Grand Prix.”
“Saudi Arabia is a major market – Espelita continues – motorsports. We are therefore pleased to have had the opportunity to add a Grand Prix in this region. Saudi Arabia has demonstrated in recent years its ability to organize major sporting events to the highest standards. We are confident that we will find a new, exciting and welcoming home.”
Motorcycling – Dice Pushkar Nath, CEO, Fairstreet Sports Race Promoters – It is one of the most admired and followed sports in India. By bringing the world’s most famous motorcycle event here, we hope to increase its fan base and Encouraging more young riders to indulge in this sport. With this event, we also aim to re-evaluate Indian sports tourism.”
We are pleased to sign – declares that Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation and the Saudi Motorsports Company – On an agreement that allows us to bring MotoGP to Saudi Arabia. Adding the world’s largest motorcycle racing series to our growing list of world-class sporting events makes perfect sense for us. We look forward to working with Dorna to fulfill our shared commitment and achieve the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing in Saudi Arabia.“
So we will see when and how the Indian and Saudi competition will be added to the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 calendar. It will also be interesting to understand if the introduction of these two new GPs leads to an increase in the number of races or to the replacement of some places.
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