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Grand Prix on Saturday, Sprint before Sunday

Grand Prix on Saturday, Sprint before Sunday

( – A short-term but far-reaching change to the current MotoGP weekend schedule is the 2023 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. With Sunday’s weather forecast predicting strong winds (up to 80 km/h) and a high risk of rain (70 percent), the weekend schedule in effect from the start of the 2023 season will be changed once.

The longest MotoGP race will take place at Phillip Island on Saturday

As an exception, the Australian Grand Prix (27 rounds) will now be held on a Saturday. The weather forecast for the day is looking pretty good at the moment so expect a dry match. The sprint (13 laps), originally scheduled for Saturday, is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

A new schedule released Friday by MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports indicates that qualifying and the Grand Prix for the premier MotoGP class will take place on Saturday. The Grand Prix It is scheduled for 3:10pm local time, which converts to Central European Time Saturday, 06:10 am CEST matches.

The change has been welcomed by MotoGP riders. “I think it’s a smart move. After all, we came here to race,” said Aleix Espargaro on behalf of the driver after the topic was discussed with the drivers on Friday.

Update Saturday, 05:00 CEST: The schedule for Sunday has been changed again. The Sprint The MotoGP class is now scheduled one hour earlier at 1:00pm local time Sunday, 04:00 CEST matches.

Accordingly, Sunday’s new schedule will see races in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes moved forward by one hour. Additionally, exceptionally, these two classes will have a warm-up, as is the case for the MotoGP class anyway.

With the Australian Grand Prix being brought forward a day, the Motorcycle World Championship will have a Grand Prix on Saturday for the first time in eight years. The last time this happened was in Assen in the 2015 season. The Dutch Grand Prix, known as the Dutch TT, has traditionally been held there on Saturdays for decades. Since 2016, the Sunday Grand Prix has been held there, as have all other tracks on the calendar.