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Earlier this 12 months, MotoGP business rights holder Dorna Sports activities introduced that important observe works to the Losail Worldwide Circuit in Qatar would imply it will lose its season-opening slot.
Qatar has historically been the opening spherical of MotoGP since 2007, with the 2008 occasion the first-ever grand prix to be held underneath floodlights.
However the 2023 season will start in Europe with the Portuguese Grand Prix on 24-26 March, which has been moved from its slot of the earlier two years as the primary European occasion on the calendar.
On account of Portugal internet hosting the opening spherical of the season, the ultimate pre-season take a look at subsequent 12 months will happen on the Algarve Worldwide Circuit additionally.
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It will mark the primary time because the Spanish GP in 2006 that MotoGP has begun its season in Europe.
“The Portuguese Grand Prix would be the first occasion of the 2023 FIM MotoGP World Championship, with the gorgeous Autodromo Internacional do Algarve set to host the season opener from the 24th to the 26th of March 2023,” a press release learn.
“The total, provisional 2023 MotoGP calendar might be printed by the FIM in the end, however the first occasion can already be confirmed.
“The 2023 Portuguese GP will mark the primary time the MotoGP calendar has begun in Europe since 2006 and might be solely the third season opener held in Europe in additional than three many years.
“It would even be the primary time Portugal has ever hosted the primary race of the 12 months, with expectation forward of the brand new season set to hit full pace on the Algarve because the grid debut with their new colors and equipment, and the primary trophies of the season are awarded.
“There may also be official pre-season exams held at Portimao in the course of the weeks earlier than the occasion, the dates of which might be confirmed quickly.”
For subsequent 12 months, solely 5 days of pre-season testing will happen, with three at a venue but to be decided and an extra two now happening in Portugal.