MotoGP 2024 season, 42 Races over 9 Months

The MotoGP 2024 season will reach a new milestone. There will be 42 races in 21 Grands Prix over a period of 9 months. It is the longest MotoGP season in history.

This high number of races includes Sprint races which made its debut in 2023. It would have been 44 races this year had not for the cancellation of the Argentinian Grand Prix.

The season also marks the entry of the Kazakhstan Grand Prix, to be held at the new Sokol International Circuit. The GP is set to take place from 14-16 June.

The MotoGP 2024 season will kick off with the Qatar GP at the Lusail International Circuit this year, as per tradition. It begins just next week from 8-10 March.

The Grand Prix of the Americas will now be the sold GP in either American continent after the Argentinian pull out.

There is the usual three-week summer break after the German GP in July, before recommencing in the UK in August.

The Malaysian MotoGP round will be held from 1-3 November. The season concludes at the Valencia GP in Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

It will be interesting to see how the season pans out given the riders and teams were already complaining about too much racing last year. Many riders were also absent from the main races due to injuries picked up in the Sprint races.

In terms of the world championship fight, we can expect to witness a three-cornered clash between the two-time defending champion Francesco (Pecco) Bagnaia, Jorge Martin, and the previous 6-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. All three ride Ducati machines which are the best bikes in this championship.

Martin is the closest competitor to Bagnaia throughout the 2023 season and the title of champion was only decided in the last round. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez is in his best physical condition since his injury in 2020, besides leaving Honda who is experiencing difficulties.

Apart from them, Bagnaia’s teammate Enea Bastianini may also play a role in deciding the champion, if he is not also fighting for the throne.

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