MotoGP: Kazakhstan Round Postponed Indefinitely Due to Extreme Flooding

Dorna Sports initially planned to hold MotoGP in Kazakhstan at the new Sokol International Racetrack near Almaty last year on June 14-16. No new date has been confirmed yet for this year's event, though efforts are underway to organize it.

By Divyam Dubey | on May 6, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

The much-anticipated Kazakhstan Grand Prix, the newest addition to the 2024 MotoGP lineup, has hit a roadblock. Extreme floods in Central Asia have caused MotoGP organisers to postpone the race. Originally scheduled for June 14-16 at the Sokol International Racecourse close to Almaty, the Grand Prix now has a later date on the calendar. However, the precise date is still unknown due to the region's ongoing national crisis. There is a clear hole in the MotoGP calendar as a result of this postponement, particularly after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Moving the race poses significant logistical challenges and unknowns in the latter half of 2024. Even more complicated is the fact that this is a debut event and negotiating customs and logistics complexities.

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MotoGP 2024: About Sokol International Racetrack

The Sokol International Circuit, boasting a length of 4.495km, was designed by Hermann Tilke. With Kazakhstan out of MotoGP's original calendar position, there are two big holes. The series now has a shorter schedule, with just three rounds planned starting the last weekend in June. In the original schedule announcement, MotoGP said Hungary's Balaton Park would act as a reserve venue, subject to homologation.

Sr. No Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 10-Mar Qatar GP Lusail International Circuit
2 24-Mar Portugal GP Algarve International Circuit
3 14-Apr US GP Circuit of the Americas
4 28-Apr Spanish GP Circuito de Jerez 
5 12-May French GP  Bugatti Circuit
6 26-May Catalonia GP Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
7 02-Jun Italian GP Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
8 30-Jun Dutch GP TT Circuit Assen
9 07-Jul German GP Sachsenring
10 04-Aug British GP Silverstone Circuit
11 18-Aug Austrian GP Red Bull Ring
12 01-Sep Aragon GP MotorLand Aragon
13 08-Sep San Marino GP Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
14 22-Sep Indian GP Buddh International Circuit
15 29-Sep Indonesian GP Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit
16 06-Oct Japanese Gp Mobility Resort Motegi
17 20-Oct Australian GP Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
18 27-Oct Thai GP Chang International Circuit
19 03-Nov Malaysian GP Petronas Sepang International Circuit
20 17-Nov Valencia GP Circuit Ricardo Tormo

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Nevertheless, the series will have difficulties moving the Kazakhstan event or finding another location. This is because of the hectic schedule in the second part of the year.

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