Doha, Qatar: Anticipation is building across the region as the MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2023 gets set to return to Lusail International Circuit (LIC) in just 4 days.

The high-octane weekend of racing, taking place from Friday November 17 to Sunday November 19, will see motorsport teams and fans from all over the world descend on Qatar for an adrenaline-fuelled weekend of motorsport.

And that’s not all - for the first time ever, Qatar will play host to MotoGP’s new sprint race, a thrilling new Saturday addition to the 2023 racing calendar.

What is the MotoGP Tissot sprint race?

Adding a new level of excitement for riders and spectators alike, the fast and furious sprint battle sees competitors going head-to-head in a race which runs half the distance of Sunday’s Grand Prix. The top nine finishers will be competing for up to 12 world championship points: P1-12 points, P2-9 points, P3-6 points, P4-5 points, P5-4 points, P6-3 points, P7-2 points, P8-1 point.

Grid positions for the sprint are based on the results of the morning’s two qualifying sessions, with Sunday’s main race also set to feature the same grid.

How does racing break down across the three-day weekend?

- Friday: Free Practice 1 (45 mins) followed by Practice (60 mins) where riders are timed for entry into Q2.

- Saturday: Free Practice 2 (30 mins); Qualifying 1 (15 mins); Qualifying 2 (15 mins); MotoGP Sprint.

- Sunday: Warm Up (10 mins), Grand Prix race.

Are the technical rules different for MotoGP sprint race?

While most current regulations will remain in place for the sprint race as they would for the main Grand Prix, there are some differences for fans to be aware of:

- Fuel loads will be limited to an allowance of 12 liters for the sprint instead of the 22 liters allowed for the grand prix.

- Track limits rules have also been adjusted for the sprint race, with the number of allowed infringements before a penalty, being cut from five to three.

- Any penalty awarded in a sprint race that cannot be served immediately will be carried into the main Grand Prix.

Tickets and hospitality packages can be purchased online for the entire race weekend, two-day access or for single-day access on the official Lusail International Circuit Website.

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