On Tuesday, the promoter of the Indian Grand Prix announced the cancellation of this year’s MotoGP race, with plans to reschedule the event for March 2025. Initially, Dorna Sports intended to fill the vacated slot with the Kazakhstan Grand Prix, which was originally set for June but had to be postponed due to severe floods in the region. MotoGP officials have now confirmed this change, with the Kazakhstan round taking place from 20-22 September.

By Asian Motorsport

MotoGP cited “operational considerations” and unsuitable “weather conditions” for hosting the Indian round in September. The heat and humidity at the Buddh International Circuit posed significant challenges during last year’s inaugural Indian GP, held at the same time of year.

However, the actual reason for the cancellation of the 2024 event appears to be financial in nature, with the promoter allegedly breaching its contract with Dorna. Despite previously insisting that the 2024 race would proceed as planned, concerns were also raised about the impact of the ongoing general elections in the country.

Dorna acted swiftly to reschedule the Kazakhstan round into the available slot, following confirmation from the Sokol International Circuit and local organisers that the event could be coordinated for late September.

As a result, the inaugural Kazakhstan GP will kick off the Asian motorsport triple header (20-22 September), then heading to Indonesia (27-29 September) and Japan (4-6 October). MotoGP will then take a one-week break before another triple-header, featuring Australia (18-20 October), Thailand (25-27 October), and Malaysia (1-3 November). The 2024 MotoGP season will conclude in Valencia from 15-17 November.

MotoGP action resumes this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.


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