MotoGP Sprint races 2023: How to watch, free live streaming, schedule, rules, new format

by Christina S. Brown
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When the MotoGP World Championship 2023 kicks off with the Portuguese Grand Prix, a new structure will be introduced. Sprint races will be held in 2023, following the successful introduction of sprint races in another racing series, Formula 1.

The important difference here is consistency, with MotoGP sprint races taking place at every Grand Prix this season, with a sliding scale of points awarded to the top nine finishers. “If starting first in qualifying was important last year, it will be even more important this year because we will start twice,” predicted Pol Espargaro of GasGas Factory Racing. “We’ll see the top speed of all the manufacturers.” The ones who adapt the best will be the ones who triumph.”

Here’s how sprint races will operate, how many points will be available to competitors, the MotoGP calendar for 2023, and more.

How can fans watch MotoGP sprint races in 2023?

Viewers around the world can watch the action live on the following channels and here for free:

MotoGP sprint race schedule

On race weekends, the Sprint event will begin at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday afternoon.

It will not take the position of the two regular qualifying sessions, which will determine the grid for both the sprint and Sunday races.

The two Friday practice sessions will be expanded from 45 minutes to 60 minutes, with the combined times used to decide direct entry to qualifying session two, rather than having to wait until after the third free practice on Saturday morning.

How will the weekend format change for sprint races?

The schedule for each grand prix has been altered as a result of the addition of a sprint race to every Saturday of the season.

Friday will still have two practice periods, but they will start later than before.

FP1 will continue to take place at 10:45am local time and will last 45 minutes, while FP2 will now take place at 3pm local time and will last an hour. MotoGP practices will always take place after Moto2 and Moto3 on race weekends.

Unlike in the past, the combined times at the conclusion of Friday’s running will determine who goes straight into Q2 for qualifying and who must compete in the knockout Q1 stage.

On Saturday morning, FP3 begins at 10:10 a.m. local time and lasts 30 minutes, essentially replacing FP4.

Following FP3, qualification will take place from 10:50 am to 11:30 am local time, including Q1 and Q2. This qualifying session will determine the grid position for both the sprint race and the grand prix.

The sprint competition will begin at 3 p.m. local time.

The schedule for Sunday has also been changed slightly, with MotoGP the only class receiving a warm-up practice, which has been reduced from 20 minutes to 10 minutes and will take place at 9:45 a.m. local time.

The grand prix will be held at 2 p.m. local time at all European competitions, as is customary.

MotoGP sprint race rules

The race will last roughly half the distance of the complete race, with the top nine riders receiving half of the points.

A 15-minute grid process will take place. Otherwise, the regulations will be the same as the following day’s full-length Grand Prix.

How many points are awarded for MotoGP sprint races?

Here’s how the points table looks for the sprint race.


MotoGP schedule 2023

In total, there are 18 scheduled events on the MotoGP docket for 2023, representing another all-time high for the calendar.

The Finland GP, which was cancelled in 2022 due to the “geopolitical situation”, will again not take place in 2023.

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):

DateRaceTrackStart time (ET)Winner (Team)
March 24-26Portuguese GPAutodromo Internacional do AlgarveTBCTBD
March 31-April 2Argentina GPTermas de Rio HondoTBCTBD
April 14-16Americas GPCircuit of the AmericasTBCTBD
April 28-30Spanish GPCircuito de Jerez – Angel NietoTBCTBD
May 1Jerez testCircuito de Jerez – Angel NietoTBCTBD
May 12-14French GPLe MansTBCTBD
June 9-11Italian GPAutodromo Internazionale del MugelloTBCTBD
June 16-18German GPSachsenringTBCTBD
June 23-25Dutch GPAssenTBCTBD
July 7-9Kazakhstan GPSokolTBCTBD
August 4-6British GPSilverstoneTBCTBD
August 18-20Austrian GPRed Bull Ring – SpielbergTBCTBD
September 1-3Catalan GPBarcelona-CatalunyaTBCTBD
September 8-10San Marino GPMisano World Circuit Marco SimoncelliTBCTBD
September 11San Marino testMisano World Circuit Marco SimoncelliTBCTBD
September 22-24Indian GPBuddhTBCTBD
September 29-October 1Japanese GPMobility Resort MotegiTBCTBD
October 13-15Indonesian GPMandalikaTBCTBD
October 20-22Australian GPPhillip IslandTBCTBD
October 27-29Thailand GPChangTBCTBD
November 10-12Malaysian GPSepangTBCTBD
November 17-19Qatar GPLusailTBCTBD
November 24-26Valencia GPCircuit Ricardo TormoTBCTBD

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