It was announced on Wednesday that India will host its first MotoGP World Championship race at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida next year.

MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorn and Noida-based racing promoters Fairstreet Sports signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to host India’s premier cycling event for the next seven years. The race is called “Grand Prix of Bharat”.

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“MotoGP also has plans to bring MotoE into the Indian racing scenario, which will be not only a first in Asia, but also a major zero-carbon green initiative,” the organizers of the event said in a statement.

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The event will bring together riders from 19 countries, which will give a significant boost to the development of trade and tourism in the country, in addition to creating jobs, the report said.

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The Buddh International Circuit, which will host the MotoGP race, was once home to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, which ran for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013 before being discontinued due to financial, tax and bureaucratic obstacles.

What is Moto GP?

Moto GP is the world’s premier road racing competition for motorcycles, held on the road by the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM). MotoGP is the oldest of all motorsport world championships, its first annual event was held in 1949.

The MotoGP World Championship consists of 20 Grand Prix. Each stage lasts 40 to 45 minutes and each race is a sprint from start to finish without a pit stop for fuel or tires.

With PTI inputs