MotoGP outlines 2023 weekend format incorporating sprint races


Sprint races are coming to MotoGP from next season and Carlos Ezpeleta, Chief Sporting Officer at Dorna, has been speaking to the press at MotorLand Aragon to outline just how the new look MotoGP weekend is going to work.

Sprint races appear to be all the rage at the moment with Formula 1 introducing them at a handful of races last year and keeping them for this, with the view to expanding out their Sprint schedule for 2023.

MotoGP, though, is going a fair bit further in that regard with them revealing earlier this season that they’d be introducing Sprint races at every single MotoGP weekend from next year, which is certainly some leap of faith from the championship in the format.

They’re evidently hoping that it’s going to add extra excitement and intrigue to a MotoGP weekend, then, though having it at every single event is certainly a bold play, particularly if it isn’t met too warmly by fans.

Ultimately, the proof will be in the pudding with this and we now have a better idea of how the whole weekend is going to play out, with Ezpeleta mapping things out to the press on Saturday morning.

In terms of setting the grid, qualifying will remain the method for both the Sprint on Saturday and the Grand Prix on Sunday. Q1 and Q2 will now be held on Saturday mornings at MotoGP events.

Championship points will also be handed out for the Sprint, with half points on offer to reflect the half-Grand Prix distance the Sprint will be held over.

That means 12 points are available for 1st, 9 points for 2nd and 7 points for 3rd, with the remaining points counting down for the rest of the top 9.

As for timings, Saturday now looks very busy with the Sprint completing the action at 3pm local, whilst Sunday will see the usual Grand Prix being held at 2pm local.

Here’s the full rundown of the schedule:

It means more racing action and that is something no fan will turn down but, of course, the hope has to be it will not come at a cost of the drivers and teams who will be arguably flat out more than ever before.

It’s an intriguing new era MotoGP is about to embark on, though, and they are fully committed by bringing it to every weekend.

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