Sports MotoGP will have sprint races in all GPs during 2023

MotoGP will have sprint races in all GPs during 2023

Miller Jack (aus), Ducati Lenovo Team – GIGI SOLDANO / DPPI Media / AFP7 / Europa Press


The MotoGP World Championship will have sprint races in all the Grand Prix of the 2023 season, as a measure announced this Saturday by the organization and the different actors of the Championship to help better teach the “show” of motorcycles.

“The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports announce a new sporting format to be introduced to the MotoGP World Championship from 2023. Sprint racing will be introduced at all Grands Prix, providing an exciting and packed program of action for the fans on each day of a MotoGP race weekend and maintaining a consistent format throughout the calendar,” says the official website of the World Championship.

The CEO of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta; the president of the FIM, Jorge Viegas; and the president of IRTA, Herve Poncharal, announced this Saturday the change for the next campaign at a press conference at the Red Bull Ring, the scene of the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend, as well as the details of the new Saturdays.

The sprint races will take place at 15:00 (local time) on the Saturday of each Grand Prix and will be approximately 50% of the full race distance. This short race will distribute 12 points for the winner and 9 and 7 for the second and third, and thus descending to one point for the ninth.

However, the grid on Sunday will be established from the ‘qualy’, which will maintain its Q1-Q2 format, so the sprint will not determine the starting order on Sundays, as it does in Formula 1. “The The introduction of sprint racing allows every day of a race weekend to offer fans and broadcasters the best possible experience on and off the track, the ultimate show.”

Thus, the weekends of 2023 in MotoGP will be with two practice sessions on Friday, which will be longer. The combined timesheets from these sessions will determine the direct entrants into Q2.

On Saturday morning, the premier class will have a 30-minute free practice session (similar to the current FP4), followed by Q1 and Q2 for qualifying. The sprint race will take place at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday will continue to be the normal day of racing, with the aim that the MotoGP race will always be the last of each Grand Prix.

Source: Europa Press



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