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Kazakhstan MotoGP Postponed Due to Floods

Gold and Goose

Next month was set to see the first ever Kazakhstan MotoGP race, but it has been postponed until later in the year.

The reason for the postponement of the 2024 Kazakhstan MotoGP is flooding which has hit both Kazakhstan and Russia.

Marc Marquez leads 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

A MotoGP statement reads as follows:


The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports announce that the Grand Prix of Kazakhstan has been postponed until later in 2024.

“Unprecedented weather conditions have led to flooding across Central Asia, causing a national emergency in Kazakhstan and displacing much of the population. It would not be responsible for MotoGP™ to add any additional burden on the authorities or services as they work to help the tens of thousands of people affected across the country.

“Sokol International Racetrack will therefore not host MotoGP™ on the dates previously announced, and any further updates will be published once confirmed.

“As our utmost priority, MotoGP sends our condolences and support to the people of Kazakhstan and all those affected by the flooding in Central Asia. We hope the nation, region and communities affected can recover as soon as possible.

Francesco Bagnaia leads 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Although MotoGP has not officially cancelled the race, which was scheduled for 14-16 June, it seems likely that, as in 2023, the race will be cancelled, this time due to a lack of space in the second half of the calendar.

The biggest gap is the summer break, which lasts for one month between the German Grand Prix on 5-7 July and the British Grand Prix on 2-4 August. There are three free weekends for MotoGP to theoretically reschedule the Kazakhstan race, and it could make the argument that the absence of Kazakhstan from the middle of June effectively makes that month a summer break in itself: there are two races in June, the Italian Grand Prix on 31 May - 2 June, and the Dutch TT on 28-30 June.

After the summer break, there are no more than two weeks between races, and Kazakhstan’s Central Asian location means it would be difficult to fit in between the British Grand Prix and Austrian Grand Prix. Austria is then followed by Aragon and San Marino, which are back-to-back, and then the Asian portion of the season begins, which is split into two triple-headers separated by one week.

So, the most viable option, in terms of where there is space on the calendar to fit the Kazakhstan race in, would be between the German and British GPs, but that is not considering the logistical costs involved with moving the Sokol race to a mid-July date.

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