Kazakhstan’s MotoGP Debut Delayed: 2023 Grand Prix Canceled


MotoGP fans around the world have been left disappointed after the announcement that the 2023 Kazakhstan Grand Prix has been canceled.

The decision was made due to ongoing homologation works at the Sokol International Racetrack, paired with ‘current global operational challenges’. Unfortunately, these factors have made it impossible to hold the event as planned.

Kazakhstan was set to welcome MotoGP to its shores for the first time, marking the 30th country to host the championship since its inception in 1949. The event was scheduled to take place at the new Sokol International Racetrack complex, which boasts a 4,495-meter-long circuit, a kart circuit, and a drag track.

The Sokol International Racetrack complex was designed to offer a world-class racing experience, featuring five right-hand and eight left-hand curves, as well as a main straight that allows riders to reach a maximum speed of over 300 km/h.

sokol international circuit

In addition to the track, the complex boasts a hotel with swimming pools for adults and children, a restaurant, mini golf, a paintball club, a car museum, and camping areas.

Despite the disappointment of canceling the 2023 event, MotoGP has confirmed that it looks forward to visiting the Sokol International Racetrack in 2024.

This delay will give organizers the time they need to complete the homologation works and ensure that the circuit is ready to host a safe and successful event.

The cancelation of the Kazakhstan Grand Prix leaves a gap in the 2023 MotoGP calendar, which will not be replaced. However, fans can take comfort in knowing that the sport is continuing to expand across the world, engaging new markets and fan bases.

Kazakhstan remains an exciting addition to the MotoGP calendar, and fans can look forward to the day when the championship finally arrives on its shores.

photos: MotoGP


Marcelo Souza

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