With little greater than two months earlier than the inaugural Kazakhstan Grand Prix, MotoGP abruptly canceled the race on April 26, 2023. The nation’s Sokol Worldwide Racetrack beforehand stood to change into the 74th venue to carry a Grand Prix since 1949. Because the ninth spherical of the 2023 season and the primary race following the sequence’ customary summer season break, the Kazakhstan GP was initially scheduled for July 7-9, 2023.
As an alternative, MotoGP will scrap the landmark spherical from its 2023 calendar. Schedule coordinators gained’t substitute the race both, decreasing the entire variety of 2023 Grands Prix to twenty. The group cites “ongoing homologation works on the circuit, paired with present world operational challenges” as causes for eradicating the Kazakhstan GP. In all equity, organizing physique Dorna Sports activities did denote that the spherical nonetheless hinged on contract negotiations and homologation efforts in its Provisional 2023 MotoGP calendar.
As summer season swiftly approaches, the sequence opted to desert regulatory endeavors of the two.8-mile, 13-corner circuit. Sadly, Kazakhstan gained’t go down because the thirtieth nation to host a Grand Prix bike race in 2023, however we’re hopeful the nation returns to the schedule in 2024. Which will rely upon geopolitical elements, nonetheless.
As MotoGP’s assertion notes, “present world operational challenges” additionally influenced its final choice. We are able to solely assume that the assertion alludes to the continuing Russo-Ukrainian Struggle. In keeping with the World Financial institution, Kazakhstan and its companies proceed to keep up sturdy commerce ties with Russia.
As a response to Kazakhstan probably serving to Russia skirt its war-related sanctions, Elizabeth Rosenberg, the US Treasury Division assistant secretary for Terrorist Financing and Monetary Crimes, warned of potential secondary sanctions on Kazakh corporations at a roundtable in Astana, Kazakhstan, on April 25, 2023.
Such tense relations might have contributed to the “present world operational challenges” talked about in MotoGP’s announcement. Nevertheless, the discharge stays hopeful, revealing that the sequence “appears to be like ahead to visiting Sokol Worldwide Racetrack in 2024.”