MotoGP 2023 Season Calendar Preview

2023 MotoGP Championship Season Preview

With more races across more countries than ever before, the 2023 MotoGP season has riders and fans excited for one of the biggest years on the bike in recent memory!

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2023 MotoGP™ season preview

The big news is of course that Suzuki has withdrawn from MotoGP™, and sprint races are being added to every round on the Saturday afternoon – which should be an exciting spectacle for fans! To add to the excitement, this year looks about as competitive a season as ever, with not one, two or three key chances, but up to a dozen realistic title contenders.

Four different world champions over the past four years means the sport is tight, and with many other riders pushing for top spot, we should expect one of the closest and most entertaining seasons in recent memory. Gone are the days of one rider dominating, or even the ‘Fantastic Four’ of Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa… this year we could have a Fantastic 10.

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2023 MotoGP™ season calendar

The first of 21 rounds kicks off at the impressive Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal this March, before the Championship heads to Argentina and then Austin, Texas, for the popular Americas GP. From there it’s back to Europe for the Spanish and French GP, where Le Mans will host the 1000th Grand Prix celebrations. After this, clear your weekend calendar from the start of June, because next comes races in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands on consecutive weekends!

2023 MotoGP™ Provisional Calendar

RaceLocationEvent NameStart DateEnd DateCircuit NameCircuit Location 
1 width=Grande Prémio de Portugal24 Mar 202326 Mar 2023Autódromo Internacional do AlgarvePORTUGALVIEW PACKAGES
2 width=Gran Premio de la República Argentina31 Mar 202302 Apr 2023Termas de Río HondoARGENTINAVIEW PACKAGES
3 width=Grand Prix of The Americas14 Apr 202316 Apr 2023Circuit Of The AmericasUNITED STATESVIEW PACKAGES
4 width=Gran Premio de España28 Apr 202330 Apr 2023Circuito de Jerez – Angel NietoSPAINVIEW PACKAGES
5 width=Grand Prix de France12 May 202314 May 2023Le MansFRANCEVIEW PACKAGES
6 width=Gran Premio d’Italia9 Jun 202311 Jun 2023Autodromo Internazionale del MugelloITALYVIEW PACKAGES
7 width=Grand Prix Deutschland16 Jun 202318 Jun 2023SachsenringGERMANYVIEW PACKAGES
8 width=TT Assen23 Jun 202325 Jun 2023TT Circuit AssenNETHERLANDSVIEW PACKAGES
9 width=Kazakhstan Grand Prix*7 Jul 20239 Jul 2023Sokol International RacetrackKAZAKHSTANVIEW PACKAGES
10 width=British Grand Prix4 Aug 20236 Aug 2023Silverstone CircuitGREAT BRITAINVIEW PACKAGES
11 width=Grand Prix von Österreich18 Aug 202320 Aug 2023Red Bull Ring – SpielbergAUSTRIAVIEW PACKAGES
12 width=Gran Premi de Catalunya1 Sep 20233 Sep 2023Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSPAINVIEW PACKAGES
13 width=Gran Premio Di San Marino8 Sep 202310 Sep 2023Misano World Circuit Marco SimoncelliITALYVIEW PACKAGES
14 width=Indian Grand Prix*22 Sep 202324 Sep 2023Buddh International CircuitINDIAVIEW PACKAGES
15 width= Grand Prix of Japan29 Sep 20231 Oct 2023Twin Ring MotegiJAPANVIEW PACKAGES
16 width=Grand Prix of Indonesia13 Oct 202315 Oct 2023Pertamina Mandalika CircuitINDONESIAVIEW PACKAGES
17 width=Australian Grand Prix20 Oct 202322 Oct 2023Phillip IslandAUSTRALIAVIEW PACKAGES
18 width=Thailand Grand Prix27 Oct 202329 Oct 2023Chang International CircuitTHAILANDVIEW PACKAGES
19 width=Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix10 Nov 202312 Nov 2023Sepang International CircuitMALAYSIAVIEW PACKAGES
20 width=Grand Prix of Qatar17 Nov 202319 Nov 2023Lusail International CircuitQATARVIEW PACKAGES
21 width=Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana24 Nov 202326 Nov 2023Circuit Ricardo TormoSPAINVIEW PACKAGES

*Subject to contract and homologation

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Kazakhstan is set to debut in July ahead of the mid-season break, becoming the 30th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1949.

The British and Austrian GPs kick off the second half of the season, before a new date for an old-favourite, with the Catalan GP at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya moving to September. The Championship then heads to Misano before bidding Europe farewell and heading to another new country in 2023: India.

Buddh International Circuit in Uttar Pradesh will become the 75th venue to host a premier class race, as 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 two massive triple-headers to bring the season home in style!

Indonesia > Australia > Thailand. Three unpredictable tracks, three idyllic locations. This exciting triple-header will set the stage for an epic run home…

Starting in Malaysia the journey back west begins, with Qatar hosting the penultimate race under lights, before the classic final fiesta of the year, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo brings the competition to a close back in Spain.

2023 MotoGP Championship contenders

Newly crowned World Champion Pecco Bagnaia will be favourite to go back-to-back, with the very strong factory Ducati team right behind him. That is if his teammate and countryman Enea ‘The Beast’ Bastianini doesn’t get in his way, like a little brother trying to prove himself. This all-Italian garage is definitely going to be fun to watch!

Fabio will be out to claim the Championship he feels he should have won in 2022, with an improved Yamaha beneath him. We know that ‘El Diablo’ is a passionate and aggressive rider, and if his bike is up to the standard he has demanded from his garage, they will be hard to keep off the podium.

Team Aprilla should have Maverick Vinales consistently producing the top-tier promise he is capable of. And his teammate Aleix Espargaro certainly has the confidence after 6 podiums last year, and will be looking to learn from some of his mistakes to the next level in 2023.

2023 could be Jack Miller’s year! We know he can go fast, and with a new bike and team, he could take the world by storm, with the hopes of Australia behind him. Similar to Jack, his teammate Brad Binder will also be looking to put together a consistent season instead of pockets of brilliance. If they both do that, they’re right up there.

It all comes down to Marc Marquez. If the veteran returns to his old form, a fully fit Marquez will always be hard to beat. His days of complete dominance are probably over with such a strong field around him, but the six-time World Champion is not going to go down without a fight. 

New MotoGP sprint races

The new sprint races will be a major change to the MotoGP weekend as we know it. The sprint race will take place at 3:00 PM on the Saturday of every meet this season and will be approximately half the distance of the full race. 

The rules will be the same as the full-length Grand Prix race on Sunday, with 12 points awarded to the winner, 9 for 2nd, 7 for third then counting down to 1 point for 9th position.  

Sprint results will not determine the grid on Sunday, and points will not be added to a riders overall record. Sprint points and podiums will be tallied separately. The grids for both the sprint race and the Grand Prix race will be set from qualifying, which will retain its Q1-Q2 format.

Dorna’s Sporting managing director Carlos Ezpeleta said: “In the end, this is not another Grand Prix race that we’re adding to the weekend, to the format.

“We’re basically changing one practice for a sprint race which will give points, meaning that from now on for the historical data, it will be the Sunday that continues to give the GP winner… from now on, [riders] will also have a number of sprint race victories. That will be one more row on their profile.”

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