Earlier this yr, MotoGP business rights holder Dorna Sports activities introduced that important monitor works to the Losail Worldwide Circuit in Qatar would cause it to lose its season-opening slot.
Qatar has historically been the opening spherical of MotoGP since 2007, and hosted the first-ever grand prix held underneath floodlights in 2008.
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 check subsequent yr will even happen on the Algarve Worldwide Circuit.
It will mark the primary time for the reason that 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,” an announcement learn.
“The total, provisional 2023 MotoGP calendar might be revealed by the FIM sooner or later, 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.
Jack Miller, Ducati Crew
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“It would even be the primary time Portugal has ever hosted the primary race of the yr, 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 will even 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 yr, solely 5 days of pre-season testing will happen, with three at a venue but to be decided and an extra two now going down in Portugal.