An official statement from the FIM states: Competition begins in Portugal at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in March before the Championship heads to Termas de Rio Hondo and Austin, Texas, for the Americas GP, kicking the season off in style.
From there, it’s back to Jerez as the European leg begins, with the classics coming thick and fast: Le Mans will host the 1000th Grand Prix before the paddock returns to Mugello, the Sachsenring and Assen.
Kazakhstan is set to debut in July ahead of a second break in the middle of the season, with the Central Asian country becoming the 30th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1949 – and Sokol International Racetrack the 74th venue to stage a premier class race.
From there the paddock returns west for the British and Austrian GPs, ahead of a new date for the Catalan GP at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the event moves to September.
The paddock then bids farewell to Europe in Misano ahead of another flyaway stint, beginning in another new country fresh for 2023: India.
The Buddh International Circuit’s debut will make it the 75th venue at which the premier class have raced, and India becomes the 31st country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix.
From there, the paddock heads further east to Japan and the classic Motegi before a weekend free to gear up for a triple-header. As MotoGP continues to push to reduce its carbon footprint, India and Motegi mark the start of a longer stint in Asia – significantly reducing the paddock’s potential mileage.
The first triple-header in Asia is Mandalika, Phillip Island and Buriram, before another weekend free to recharge ahead of the final three showdowns.
The season ends with a thriller of a triple-header: From Malaysia the journey back west begins, with Qatar hosting the penultimate race of the season under the floodlights at Lusail as the venue welcomes the sport back to the Middle East.
Then, to round-out the season with its classic final fiesta of the year, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo brings the competition to a close back in Europe.
PROVISIONAL 2023 MOTOGP CALENDAR
26 March, Portugal Algarve International Circuit
02 April, Republica Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo
16 April, Americas Circuit of The Americas
30 April, Spain Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto
14 May, France Le Mans
11 June, Italy Autodromo del Mugello
18 June, Germany Sachsenring
25 June, Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
09 July, Kazakhstan ** Sokol International Racetrack
06 August, Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
20 August, Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg
03 September, Catalunya Barcelona-Catalunya
10 September, San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
24 September, India** Buddh International Circuit
01 October, Japan Twin Ring Motegi
15 October, Indonesia Mandalika International Street Circuit
22 October, Australia Phillip Island
29 October, Thailand Chang International Circuit
12 November, Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
19 November, Qatar* Lusail International Circuit
26 November, Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo
* Evening Race **Subject to Homologation
Photo courtesy Ducati
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