In a landmark development for motorsports, the globally celebrated MotoGP Grand Prix is poised to make its inaugural appearance in India. The introduction of the MotoGP Grand Prix not only signifies a groundbreaking chapter for Indian motorsports but also firmly establishes India as a prominent destination on the global stage of exhilarating racing events.
Read on as Wego delves into the India MotoGP race, which promises to deliver a thrilling and unforgettable experience for motorsport enthusiasts.
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India MotoGP 2023
The upcoming MotoGP India 2023 is poised to mark the inaugural race of the MotoGP Grand Prix in India, taking its place as the 13th leg within the ongoing MotoGP 2023 season. This momentous occasion signifies the long-awaited return of international motorsports to the country, ending a hiatus of over a decade.
All set for the first-ever #IndianGP 🇮🇳! 🙌
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) September 17, 2023
Fairstreet Sports, the Indian organizers behind this event, are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of creating an unforgettable experience for fans. Beyond the thrilling races, attendees can look forward to a plethora of cultural and entertainment activities, including live music, delectable food stalls, merchandise shops, fan zones, and interactive games. Notably, the organizers have extended invitations to several celebrities and influencers, enhancing the event’s allure by providing fans with opportunities to interact with these notable figures.
Reports suggest a staggering crowd of approximately 100,000 spectators is expected across the three days of the event at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, located just an hour away from New Delhi, the capital of India.
India MotoGP dates & schedule
The MotoGP Grand Prix India is set to kick off with practice races on Friday, 22 September, and will culminate with the final races on Sunday, 24 September 2023. Pre-event press conferences are scheduled to take place on 21 September.
The MotoGP event is structured into three distinct classes: MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3, with competitions from each class unfolding over the course of these three action-packed days. Below, you will find the detailed schedule for this thrilling three-day event, with all timings presented in Indian Standard Time (IST).
|Sept 22||09:00-09:50||Moto3||Practice Nr. 1|
|10:05-11:00||Moto2||Practice Nr. 1|
|11:15-12:25||MotoGP||Free Practice Nr. 1|
|13:15-14:05||Moto3||Practice Nr. 2|
|14:20-15:15||Moto2||Practice Nr. 2|
|Sept 23||09:10-09:40||Moto3||Practice Nr. 3|
|09:55-10:25||Moto2||Practice Nr. 3|
|10:40-11:10||MotoGP||Free Practice Nr. 2|
|11:20-12:00||MotoGP||Qualifying Nr. 1 & 2|
|13:20-14:00||Moto3||Qualifying Nr. 1 & 2|
|14:15-14:55||Moto2||Qualifying Nr. 1 & 2|
|15:30-16:15||MotoGP||Tissot Sprint (12 Laps)|
|Sept 24||11:10-11:20||MotoGP||Warm Up|
|11:30-12:05||MotoGP||Rider Fan Parade|
|12:30-13:05||Moto3||Race (17 Laps)|
|13:45-14:25||Moto2||Race (19 Laps)|
|15:30-16:20||MotoGP||Race (24 Laps)|
|16:40-17:15||MotoGP||After the Flag|
|17:15-17:45||MotoGP||Race Press Conference|
India MotoGP location
The India MotoGP race is all set to take place at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. Notably, this circuit served as the host for the previous significant international motorsport event in India, the F1 Grand Prix.
Situated approximately an hour away from the bustling capital city of New Delhi, the BIC is conveniently accessible by both road and metro. For added convenience, event organizers have made arrangements for shuttle services departing from various nearby metro stations, ensuring ease of access to the venue.
India MotoGP track
The track, originally built for F1 racing, has been adapted for MotoGP. Notably, the track has reduced its asphalt sections and increased gravel areas for enhanced safety during motorcycle racing. Gravel beds are strategically placed in turns to cushion any potential accidents. With a length of 5.125 km, BIC ranks among the longer circuits on the MotoGP calendar.
India MotoGP racers
The Indian MotoGP is gearing up to feature an impressive array of riders, uniting a blend of accomplished champions and promising rising stars. Leading the championship standings at present is the remarkable Francesco Bagnaia, who has demonstrated outstanding performance throughout this season. Notably, Francesco Bagnaia is also the defending champion, having secured his inaugural world title in 2022.
Adding to the excitement, two rising stars to watch in this thrilling competition are Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira. In 2023, Fernandez secured six Pole Positions and victories at the European and Portuguese Grand Prix races. Oliveira also stood out in 2023 with consistent top-six finishes in three of the last four grand prix and notable victories at Portimao, Portugal (2020) and Mandalika, Indonesia, solidifying their status as rising talents in the MotoGP circuit.
|Aprilia Racing||Maverick Viñales, Lorenzo Savadori, Aleix Espargaro|
|CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team||Raul Fernandez, Miguel Oliveira|
|Ducati Lenovo Team||Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini|
|LCR Honda||Takumi Takahashi, Iker Lecuona, Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Rins|
|Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli|
|Repsol Honda Team||Joan Mir, Marc Márquez|
|HRC Test Team||Stefan Bradl|
For additional information about racers and teams across the MotoGP classes, please visit the official MotoGP website.
India MotoGP tickets
Tickets for the MotoGP India can be purchased on BookMyShow, offering a range of options to suit your preferences and budget. Prices commence at INR 800 (USD 9.61), granting access to the Picnic Stand North, and extend up to INR 180,000 (USD 2,162) for the exclusive MotoGP VIP Village Lounge experience. Each ticket provides entry to the entire three-day racing extravaganza, featuring all three classes: MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3.
Tickets for the event are now available to book from BookMyShow’s MotoGP tickets page. Additionally, you can also opt for MotoGP Hospitality or Experiences ticket packages from the MotoGP’s official website.
India MotoGP where to watch
Motorcycle racing enthusiasts in India can enjoy live action from the convenience of their homes through television broadcasts or live streaming. Sports18 holds the broadcasting rights for the MotoGP event, making it accessible for TV viewers. Meanwhile, OTT users can tune in to the live stream of the race on JioCinema, available through their app and website.