The 2023 MotoGP season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in years, with a new country added to the calendar and a number of changes to the format. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 MotoGP schedule.
The new country
The biggest news for the 2023 season is the addition of India to the calendar. The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida will host the Indian Grand Prix on September 24th. This is the first time that India has hosted a MotoGP race, and it’s sure to be a huge event.
The new format
There are also a number of changes to the format for the 2023 season. The most significant change is the introduction of a sprint qualifying format for all races except for the season finale. In sprint qualifying, the riders will compete over a 12-lap race to determine the grid positions for the main race. This is a new format that is sure to add excitement to the weekend and create more opportunities for overtaking.
The full schedule
Here is the full schedule for the 2023 MotoGP season:
|Race #||EVENT||DATE / TIME IST|
|1||PORTUGAL GP||26 MARCH - 18:30|
|1||ARGENTINIAN GP||02 APRIL - 22:30|
|3||AMERICAS GP||17 APRIL - 00:30|
|4||SPANISH GP||30 APRIL - 18:30|
|5||FRENCH GP||14 MAY - 17:30|
|6||ITALIAN GP||11 JUNE - 17:30|
|7||GERMAN GP||18 JUNE - 17:30|
|8||DUTCH GP||25 JUNE - 17:30|
|9||BRITISH GP||06 AUGUST - 17:30|
|10||AUSTRIAN GP||20 AUGUST - 17:30|
|11||CATALAN GP||03 SEPTEMBER - 17:30|
|12||SAN MARINO GP||10 SEPTEMBER - 17:30|
|13||INDIAN GP||24 SEPTEMBER - 14:00|
|14||JAPANESE GP||01 OCTOBER - 10:30|
|15||INDONESIAN GP||15 OCTOBER - 11:30|
|16||AUSTRALIAN GP||22 OCTOBER - 08:30|
|17||THAILAND GP||29 OCTOBER - 12:30|
|18||MALAYSIAN GP||12 NOVEMBER - 11:30|
|19||QATAR GP||19 NOVEMBER - 22:30|
|20||VALENCIA GP||26 NOVEMBER - 18:30|
The riders to watch
The 2023 MotoGP season is shaping up to be a close one, with a number of riders capable of winning the championship. Here are a few of the riders to watch:
- Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP): The defending champion will be looking to defend his title and become the first rider to win back-to-back championships since Marc Márquez in 2019 and 2020.
- Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team): The Italian rider was in contention for the title in 2022 until he suffered a number of crashes. He will be looking to bounce back in 2023 and challenge for the championship.
- Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing): The Spaniard had a breakout season in 2022, finishing third in the championship. He will be looking to build on that success in 2023 and challenge for the title.
- Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing): The young Spanish rider is one of the most exciting riders on the grid. He will be looking to build on his impressive rookie season in 2021 and challenge for the championship in 2023.
- Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team): The Australian rider has been inconsistent in recent years, but he has the speed to win races. He will be looking to put it all together in 2023 and challenge for the championship.
The 2023 MotoGP season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in years. With a new country on the calendar, a new format, and a number of talented riders, it’s sure to be a season to remember.