MotoGP™ is landing in India and GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 is thrilled to jump onboard in a new adventure, as the MotoGP™ World Championship is set to make its debuts this week in the world's most populated country! The paddock will begin its flyaway tour with the IndianOil Grand Prix of India on September 22-23-24, 2023, with Augusto Fernandez and Pol Espargaro hitting the Buddh International Circuit for the first time ever this week. Located 50 km south-west from New Delhi, in Greater Noida, this new track originally built in 2011 was remodelled this year to welcome the MotoGP™ World Championship. Long of 5.010 km with a straight of 1220 m, GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3’s boys will have to learn fast the thirteen new corners of the calendar.
For the first time of his rookie season, Augusto Fernandez will arrive to a race weekend on equal levels with the rest of his contenders, as all will find themselves racing in India for the first time, and he hopes to be able to take advantage of this to improve his qualifying performances as he targets a better grid position. After scoring points every weekend since the start of his MotoGP™ campaign, Augusto’s streak eventually came to an end at the San Marino Grand Prix as the rookie struggled all weekend at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Despite all his efforts, there were no points at the end of the weekend, something that the Spaniard will look to rectify immediately. Teammate Pol Espargaro will be too excited to discover a new destination and a new circuit for what will be his fifth round since his return to racing. After a disappointing weekend in Misano, the Catalan will be looking to bounce back as he continues to work hard to get back to full speed and fitness.
Make sure to write down on your calendars this week’s schedule as the MotoGP™ World Championship changes time zones. From our usual GMT+2, we will go to a GMT+5:30, meaning that all sessions will be a bit later than the standard European schedule. Exceptionally due to the novelty of the circuit, riders will have a seventy minute-Free Practice 1 on Friday as the IndianOil Grand Prix of India action is set to start at 11:45 (GMT+5:30), and the afternoon Practice session will also last seventy minutes. Riders will be given an opportunity for practice starts at the end of both Friday’s sessions. On Saturday, Augusto Fernandez and Pol Espargaro will give their best to set themselves in the best conditions possible for the races, with the qualifying sessions starting at 11:20 local time, preceded with FP2 at 10:40. Not only will India host its first ever Sprint, but it will also be the first time that MotoGP™ lights go green in India on Saturday, as the Tissot Sprint is scheduled at 15:30 (GMT+5:30), for twelve laps of the Buddh International Circuit. Then, history will be made on Sunday with the first-ever Indian MotoGP™ race, at 15:30 local time. Don’t miss it!