Headaches and doubts swirl going into MotoGP’s first Indian GP
This weekend MotoGP heads to the Buddh International Circuit outside New Delhi for its first ever Indian Grand Prix.
Yet in the days leading up to MotoGP track action commencing at the former Formula 1 venue, there have been considerable question marks about the state of the facility and even some suggestions the race won’t even go ahead once the riders get their first chance to inspect the circuit.
When plans for MotoGP to race in India were announced last year, many expected the event’s inexperienced local promoter, Fairstreet Sports, to aim for a 2024 debut given that the Buddh circuit (which hasn’t hosted international-level motorsport in a decade) needed considerable modifications to change its car-focused design to one appropriate for MotoGP machines and their different safety needs.
That didn’t happen, however, with the Indian GP instead being placed onto this season’s schedule – which started a race against time to prepare the circuit with e