(Reuters) -MotoGP will make its debut in India and Kazakhstan in 2023 on a calendar which boasts more races and countries than ever before, it announced on Friday.
The 2023 season will begin with the Portuguese GP on March 24-26 and wrap up in Valencia on Nov. 24-26, according to the 21-race provisional calendar released by MotoGP.
Kazakhstan will become the 30th country to host a motorcycle grand prix since 1949 when the race takes place on July 7-9 at the Sokol International Racetrack in the northwest of Almaty.
The Indian GP will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi from Sept. 22-24, while Le Mans will host the 1000th Grand Prix at the French GP on May 12-14.
"India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world," Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of commercial rights holders Dorna Sports, said in a statement on Friday.
The 5.14km track on the outskirts of New Delhi held Formula One races between 2011-13 before it was dropped from the calendar.
The Kazakhstan and Indian grands prix are subject to contract and certification, MotoGP said.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Toby Davis)