In a significant boost for the stagnant Indian motorsport scene, the country will be hosting a maiden MotoGP World Championships race, labelled as the ‘Grand Prix of Bharat’, at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida next year.
On Wednesday, MotoGP commercial rights owner Dorna and Noida-based race promoters Fairstreet Sports signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to host the premier two-wheel racing event in India for the next seven years. Riders from as many as 19 countries will participate in the event, which will significantly push trade and tourism in the country, besides generating employment.
“MotoGP also has plans to introduce MotoE into the Indian racing scenario, which will not only be a first in Asia but a significant green initiative with net zero carbon emissions,” the event’s promoters said in a release.
The Buddh International Circuit, which will be hosting the MotoGP race, was once home to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, held for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013 before it was discontinued due to financial, tax and bureaucratic hurdles.