In a significant boost to the stagnant Indian motorsport scene, the country will host the first MotoGP World Championship race, labeled as the ‘Grand Prix of India’, at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida next year.
MotoGP’s commercial rights owner Dorna and Noida-based race promoter Fairstreet Sports on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to host the premier two-wheeled racing event in India for the next seven years. Riders from 19 countries will participate in the event, which will give a major boost to trade and tourism in the country apart from generating employment.
“MotoGP also plans to introduce Motoe to the Indian racing landscape, which will not only be the first in Asia, but also a significant green initiative with net zero carbon emissions,” the event’s promoters said in a release.
The Buddh International Circuit, which will host the MotoGP race, was once home to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, which was held for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013, before being closed due to financial, tax and bureaucratic constraints.