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MotoGP plans to introduce F1-style sprint racing in 2023

As part of the race weekend revamp, F1 piloted sprint races at three events at Silverstone, Monza and Brazil on Saturday, setting the starting line for Sunday’s main Grand Prix.

Trials proved successful among fans and teams, so F1 is planning three sprint weekends in 2022 at Imola, the Red Bull Ring and Brazil.

Sports came up with the idea for a sprint race with the Motorsport Network as part of a global fan survey conducted by Dorna.

Now MotoGP plans to move forward with the idea in 2023 and will discuss the issue at the Friday Grand Prix Committee meeting at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Unlike F1, the idea is to have a sprint race at every MotoGP event next year as a separate entity from the main Grand Prix.

MotoGP sprint races will be run about halfway through the main Grand Prix and half points will be awarded.

It is possible that the starting line for the Grand Prix Grand Prix will continue to be determined by qualifying and not by the outcome of the sprint race.

To accommodate this, a free practice session and Sunday’s warm-up will be cancelled

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For now, this idea only applies For the MotoGP class, the Moto2 and Moto3 weekend formats may remain unchanged for the time being.

While the details are yet to be finalized, most of the teams currently competing in MotoGP are in favor of changing the format.

If it goes ahead, this will be the first major change to the MotoGP weekend format since split qualifying was introduced in 2013.

Since then, the Moto2 and Moto3 class weekend format has only undergone minor changes in split qualifying introduced for them in 2019.

Currently, there are 3 45-minute practice weekends in MotoGP class each – the combined order determines who goes straight to Q2 in qualifying and who has to pass Q1.

FP4 session 30 minutes before qualifying, both Q1 and Q2 run 15 minutes each.

A 20-minute warm-up before the Grand Prix late Sunday afternoon.


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