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Kazakhstan race added to MotoGP calendar from 2023

The Sokol International Racetrack will be a new venue for MotoGP racing from next season.

Third placed Aprilia Spanish rider Aleix Espargaro rides at the end of the Moto Grand Prix GP of Aragon at the Motorland circuit in Alcaniz on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

A first MotoGP in Kazakhstan will be staged next year after a five-year deal was agreed. It was confirmed on Tuesday that the new Sokol International Racetrack will stage the race from 2023. The circuit is just outside Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty and will be the 74th venue to host a race in the premier class.

A MotoGP statement said: “The region will be a new pitstop for MotoGP as the sport continues to expand around the world, engaging with new markets and fanbases. Kazakhstan will also become the 30th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix since 1949, a perfect landmark number to celebrate the ever-expanding history of the world’s first motorsport World Championship, and Sokol International Racetrack will be the 74th venue to host a premier class Grand Prix.”