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Earlier this 12 months the Australian Grand Prix Company, which runs each the Australian F1 and MotoGP occasions, inked a new deal with F1 that runs until 2035.
That principally locks the Australian Grand Prix in to a March/April date for the following 13 years.
A knock-on impact of the F1 deal is that the Phillip Island MotoGP spherical is now set to remain on the again finish of the 12 months.
The thought of an early season slot for the AGP within the hope of hotter climate has been publicly floated by riders for years.
It got here up once more this 12 months after the occasion was affected by poor climate. Heavy rain within the lead-up to the occasion left the track flooded on the Thursday night before practice, and whereas nearly all of the working was dry throughout the weekend, ambient temperatures typically hung within the low teenagers.
The idea of an earlier date was seriously investigated by the AGPC as recently as last year after calls from Dorna back in 2019 to assess the idea, nonetheless the race promoter is now dedicated to a September/October slot for MotoGP.
That is as a consequence of a perception from the AGPC that Qatar will return because the MotoGP season opener in 2024 after it was shuffled to the back end of the schedule for 2023 due to upgrades at the Losail International Circuit.
Phillip Island, in the meantime, has been given an October 22 slot on the provisional 2023 schedule, the center race in a triple header with Indonesia and Thailand and a part of a five-race sequence of flyaways that additionally consists of Japan and Malaysia.
“MotoGP has Qatar locked in as first race; that precludes January or February,” APGC CEO Andrew Westacott informed Motorsport.com.
“We’ve Formulation 1 initially of the 12 months and we’d like respiration house inside our organisation. Plus now we have to consider infrastructure and suppliers and so forth.
“So the correct time for MotoGP is that this slot. It is a slot we’re very snug with and so is Dorna.”
The push for a date change has at all times come throughout spells of chilly, moist climate at Phillip Island, with a collective perception from riders that situations could be higher initially of the calendar.
Nonetheless Westacott is adamant that, as a consequence of Phillip Island’s famously fickle local weather, the prospect of rain in March or April could be no totally different to September or October.
“If we put it in March or April, the climate in March or April isn’t any totally different to October,” he mentioned.
“Phillip Island adjustments many instances throughout every week. Okay, you would possibly play the percentages and say the final weekend of October will likely be higher than the primary weekend of September.
“However I feel this slot makes it a standard end to the season. You’ve got the flyaways – right here, Malaysia after which again to Valencia. It really works properly.”