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Indian Grand Prix Postponed to 2025, UP Govt Now Co-Promoter

The Indian Grand Prix has been postponed to 2025 owing to operational reasons. This decision was taken considering the challenges presented by the September weather. In fact, on account of hot and humid conditions, the race distances were shortened at the India round last year, which was held on September 24.[1]

As per the new schedule, the event will take place at the Buddh International Circuit, Uttar Pradesh, in March 2025. The Uttar Pradesh Government was a sponsor last year and has now become a co-promoter with Fairstreet Sports. It was earlier reported that the MotoGP rights holder, Dorna required the local promoters to fulfil their contractual obligations for the event by March and in light of the general elections, a time extension has been provided. Hence, it is speculated that this could also be a reason for the postponement.

At the 2023 FIM MotoGP World Championship, Marco Bezzecchi won the India round, being the 13th round of the season, but came third in the season while Francesco Bagnaia once again secured first place.

In the meantime, the owner of Formula One, Liberty Media is all set to acquire 86% of Dorna valuing it at roughly $4.5 billion.[2] This acquisition is expected to conclude by the end of this year.

[1] https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2023/09/23/indian-gp-new-race-distances/478604

[2] https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2024/04/01/liberty-media-announces-acquisition-of-motogp/493938