The India round of the MotoGP championship, initially scheduled for September 2024, has been rescheduled to March 2025. This decision was confirmed by local race promoters Fairstreet Sports, following a meeting with all stakeholders, including Dorna and the Uttar Pradesh government.

Uncertainties surrounding the race emerged due to reports suggesting that the promoters had not fully settled their dues with Dorna after the inaugural round in 2023. However, Fairstreet Sports CEO Pushkar Nath Srivastava clarified that unpaid dues were not the reason for the postponement. According to Srivastava, the remaining payments will be completed by next month.

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Srivastava explained that the decision to shift the MotoGP race to March was primarily influenced by weather conditions. “September weather is not conducive for the race and is tough on the riders and marshals, as experienced last year,” he said. The stakeholders agreed that hosting the event in the first or second week of March would be more favorable for both participants and spectators.

Initially, organizers considered holding the event in November. However, this would have resulted in four consecutive race weekends, posing logistical challenges for the teams and riders. The move to March is expected to attract a larger audience, given the more favorable weather conditions.

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Last year, MotoGP had a great success in India :-

The inaugural MotoGP race in India, held at the Buddh International Circuit, saw an attendance of over 50,000 fans. Despite filling only half of the facility, the event was deemed a significant success. With the rescheduled date, Srivastava anticipates an even larger turnout due to the improved weather.

The current MotoGP season commenced in Doha on March 10, and the Indian round could potentially be slotted in the following week. The seven-year agreement signed between Dorna and local promoters ensures the continued presence of MotoGP in India. Additionally, the Uttar Pradesh government has transitioned from being a sponsor to a co-promoter, bolstering the event’s long-term prospects.

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The 2023 MotoGP round in India, won by Marco Bezzecchi, marked the country’s most significant motorsports event since the last Formula 1 race in 2013. Unlike Formula 1, which faced financial and taxation issues, the MotoGP event aims to establish a stable and enduring presence in India.

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