The India round of the MotoGP championship, originally scheduled for September, has been rescheduled to March 2025, according to local promoters.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

The decision to postpone the event was made after a meeting involving all stakeholders, including Dorna, co-promoters Fairstreet Sports, and the Uttar Pradesh government.

Reports had suggested that the postponement was due to unpaid dues to rights holders Dorna following the inaugural round last year. However, Fairstreet Sports CEO Pushkar Nath Srivastava clarified that this was not the case.

“All payments were being made in between and whatever is left will be paid by next month. So that was not really a factor in shifting the race to next year,” Srivastava told PTI.

Challenging weather conditions influenced the move to March

The decision to move the event to March was influenced by the challenging weather conditions experienced in September last year.

“It was mutually decided to shift the race to March next year. We are looking at the first or second week of March. All the stakeholders, including Dorna, agreed that the September weather is not conducive for the race and it is tough on the riders and marshals,” Srivastava explained.

He added that holding the race in November would have led to four consecutive back-to-back races, posing difficulties for the teams and riders.

The inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit attracted over 50,000 fans, filling half of the facility. Srivastava expressed optimism that more fans would attend in March due to the improved weather conditions.

Ahead of the 2023 edition, Dorna and local promoters in India signed a seven-year agreement to stage the race in the country, indicating a long-term commitment to the event.

Having become a sponsor last year, the Uttar Pradesh government has now become a co-promoter, enhancing the prospects for the event’s future.

The 2023 MotoGP round in India, won by Marco Bezzecchi, was the most significant motorsports event held in the country since the last Formula 1 race in 2013. Formula 1 only lasted three years in India due to financial and taxation issues.

The rescheduling of the MotoGP event aims to ensure a better experience for fans, riders, and all stakeholders involved, fostering a strong foundation for the future of high-profile motorsports in India.

Header photo credit: MotoGP

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