Motorsports aficionados in India are in for a grand treat with the MotoGP Bharat taking place at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida from September 22-24, Live on JioCinema, and aired on Sports18 Khel.
This is the 13th race of the season and the first time that the highest class of motorcycle racing is taking place in India.
About 1,50,000 fans are expected to watch proceedings at the track which includes 13 challenging turns (eight right and five left). This year, Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM became the fastest Grand Prix rider ever, clocking 366.1 km/hr at the Italian GP, however, the record is expected to be breached at 370 km/hr, thanks to the long back straight at BIC, measuring 1.06 km.
Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia stands at the top of the riders' standings after 12 races with 283 points. Bagnaia produced a stellar performance in the second half of 2022 and clinched the crown at the season finale. Sporting the #1 for the 2023 season, Bagnaia has been the rider to beat and will be seen in action at the Bharat GP. Spain’s Jorge Martin Almoguera of Prima Pramac Racing (Ducati) stands in second place with 247 points. Nicknamed the ‘Martinator’, Martin bounced back after a winless season last year to become a title contender again and will have his sights set on the trophy come Sunday.
Mooney VR46 Racing Team (Ducati)’s Marco Bezzecchi of Italy lies in third place with 218 points. Bezzecchi announced himself as a title contender this season with two wins in the first five races. Sunday’s race will also see six-time world champion Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team in action.