Qatar will move to the end of the MotoGP season calendar in 2023

The Lucail International Circuit will undergo major refurbishment from the end of 2022 to 2023 to upgrade the facility and paddock.

As a result, they will abandon their position as the first race of the MotoGP season and will be returned to the end of the year instead.

With Qatar out of the box as the first race of 2023, this greatly increases the likelihood that Phillip Island will be the first race of the season.

In 2019, there were rumors that Dorna was considering a calendar shake-up from 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. Those plans include starting the season on Phillip Island instead of Qatar, which would be an ideal opportunity to try this out.

Previously, Australia’s Grand Prix Corporation, which runs both F1 and MotoGP races in Australia, opposed such a move, but they dismissed dissent a few years ago and raced Phillip Island this year. The beginning of.

One of the possible issues is the pre-season test schedule. The test is set to be limited to just eight days of the official 2023 test, starting with a three-day test in Sepang as usual and another two days by the beginning of the year.

Officials have previously said that the two-day test will take place in Qatar, but that can be complicated if the Lusail International Circuit is being refurbished.

The second test will need to be moved to a European truck (probably Jerez) or held again in Sepang. Given the cost of cargo, maintaining a bike and equipment in Sepang seems to be the most likely option.

This looks like a prelude to the broader reshaping of the calendar from 2023. Criticism of the crowded calendar spread in 2022, crowding 21 races and creating sometimes difficult travel schedules.

Another sign was the renewal of the contract between the Motorland Aragon Circuit and Dorna. The agreement agreed to hold three races between 2022 and 2026.

This is part of an ongoing process to reduce the number of rounds in Spain and will host three races on the Iberian Peninsula in the coming years.

In short, these three races alternate between Jerez, Valencia, Aragon, Barcelona and Portimao. This opens the door to racing on new non-European tracks.

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