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MotoGP continues calendar expansion with Kazakh race deal

Kazakhstan’s Sokol International Racetrack is set to join the MotoGP calendar from 2023 after a five-year hosting deal was struck.

Sokol, located just outside the city of Almaty, is a brand-new motorsport complex. Next year’s race will mark MotoGP’s first ever grand prix in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan will become the 30th country to host a motorcycle grand prix since 1949. Sokol will be the 74th venue to host a premier-class grand prix.

MotoGP said the race will mark a “new pitstop” for the series as motorcycle racing continues to expand around the world and engage with new markets and fan bases.

A date for the inaugural Kazakh Grand Prix has not yet been announced by MotoGP.

Last week, the series struck a Memorandum of Understanding for a first race in India that will see top-level motorsport return to the Buddh International Circuit.

A delegation from MotoGP’s commercial rights-holder, Dorna Sports, travelled to India to sign the MoU for a potential Indian Grand Prix with promoter Fairstreet Sports. The delegation travelled to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the region in which the Buddh circuit is located, to meet with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and Industrial Development Minister, Nand Gopal.

Earlier this month, Dorna Sports signed an MoU with the Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC) with a view to staging an annual grand prix in Saudi Arabia.

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