MotoGP 2023: All the races, riders and classes to look forward to

Visordown looks ahead to the MotoGP 2023 World Championship, focusing on the riders, rounds, and classes from Grand Prix motorcycle racing

Pecco Bagnaia - Ducati Corse MotoGP

WE are just a few days away from the first official tests of the MotoGP 2023 World Championship when the teams and riders will be heading off for a first taste of their 2023 MotoGP machines

Once the tests are done, we have just a month to wait before the riders and teams head to round 1, the Portuguese GP, at Portimão. What lies ahead is a bumper season, with more rounds than ever before, another new world champion, and question marks hanging above one of the biggest names in the modern MotoGP era. If one thing is for sure, this year’s MotoGP championship is one you can’t afford to miss.

In this article we’ll be looking at the 2023 MotoGP season in detail, outlining the classes that take part, the rounds they will be racing at, and the riders and teams that will be fighting it out for victory. If further information is required, we’ll link to where you can read more, and you can use the navigation below to quickly skip to the section you’re looking for.

We’ll be regularly updating this guide to the 2023 MotoGP season so keep checking in.

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How the 2022 MotoGP season unfolded

The MotoGP season in 2022 was a historic moment in many respects. Firstly, it marked the fourth different champion in four years, after Francesco (Pecco) Bagnaia took the rider's title for his beloved factory Ducati Lenovo Team MotoGP. That in itself marked the end of a 15-year quest from the Italian team to regain motorcycle sport’s biggest crown.

Attempting to hold on to the title this year was Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, riding for the factory Yamaha Monster Energy MotoGP Team. And while there were other contenders throughout the year, Enea Bastianini and Aleix Espargaró to name just two, it only took till the mid-season to realise that the duo of Bagnaia and Quartararo were just in a class of their own.

Eventually though, it was the Italian’s decent run of results in the mid-season (he claimed five wins out of seven races in the middle of the year) that sealed the championship, with Quartararo fighting on to take the championship down to the wire.

MotoGP 2023 Classes

To keep the action rolling, and to help bring on young talent, the MotoGP championship runs various classes throughout the racing weekend. Often called the ‘Premier Class’, MotoGP sits at the top of the tree, with Moto2 in the middle and Moto3 at the bottom. There is also a class for solely electric bikes called MotoE, which for this year is being supplied motorcycles built by Ducati as it looks to figure out the new-world of battery-powered machines.

The MotoGP class

Grand Prix racing motorcycles are out-and-out racing prototypes, designed specifically for the purpose of travelling around a racing track as fast as possible. They might not be based directly on production bikes that you or I can go and buy, but that isn’t to say the lessons learned on the track don’t trickle down to road-going motorcycles. Slipper clutches, IMU control, and even aerodynamics were all technologies that were forged in the crucible of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

All the bikes in the top-flight use 1,000cc engines that can have no more than four cylinders and must use a maximum bore of 81mm. Some manufacturers run an inline four-cylinder, such as Yamaha, while the others, KTM, Aprilia, Ducati, and Honda, all run a V4 configuration.

Each team must use a specific number of tyres for each round, they get a fixed amount of engines to use (and are penalised if they go over that amount) and the bikes must carry no more than 22-litres of fuel to complete the race distance.

The different teams and manufacturers are obviously tight-lipped on what sort of weight, power, and torque output of their machines, although as a rule of thumb, it’s widely assumed they have between 250 and 300bhp and are thought to weigh around 160kg when fully fuelled up.

2023 MotoGP teams

The MotoGP grid in 2023 will include four manufacturers and eleven teams. Each team will run the same two riders throughout the championship unless they require a stand-in due to injury or a rider leaving the team.

Honda is represented on the grid by the factory Repsol Honda Team and LCR Honda Castrol/Idemitsu team. Ducati by the factory Ducati Lenovo Team, Gresini Racing MotoGP, Prima Pramac Racing (Ducati), Mooney VR46 Racing Team (Ducati). Aprilia has the factory Aprilia Racing and RNF MotoGP Team (Aprilia), while KTM fields the factory Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing team.

The ‘factory’ teams are generally the ones with the closest links to the manufacturer and the latest tech. they will also normally have greater resources than the smaller ‘satellite’ teams under the same manufacturer. The satellite teams play an important role though, and not just as a method of bulking up the grids. They help to nurture young talent, and, as Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin showed in 2022, they can steal the odd win when the stars align.

As well as the riders listed below, teams may call on ‘wildcard’ riders, who can be offered extra rides alongside, or instead of, the factory riders at selected events. Last year saw Michele Pirro appear as a wildcard Mugello, Barcelona, and Misano, while British Moto2 racer Jake Dixon stepped up for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

2023 MotoGP rider lineup

Team and Manufacturer

Riders

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team

Fabio Quartararo #20

Franco Morbidelli #21

Ducati Lenovo Team

Francesco Bagnaia #63

Enea Bastianini #23

Aprilia Racing

Aleix Espargaro #41

Maverick Vinales #12

Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez #93

Joan Mir #36

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Jack Miller #43

Brad Binder #33

Gresini Racing MotoGP (Ducati)

Alex Marquez #73

Fabio di Giannantonio #49

Prima Pramac Racing (Ducati)

Johann Zarco #5

Jorge Martin #89

Mooney VR46 Racing Team (Ducati)

Luca Marini #10

Marco Bezzecchi #72

RNF MotoGP Team (Aprilia)

Miguel Oliveira #88

Raul Fernandez #25

Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing (KTM)

Pol Espargaro #44

Augusto Fernandez #37

LCR Honda Castrol/Idemitsu

Alex Rins #42

Takaaki Nakagami #30

The Moto2 class

The next class of bikes that race in the MotoGP championship is called Moto2 and is quite different from the top class in a number of ways. The biggest difference is in that this championship is a controlled engine class, meaning all bikes run the same engine, which is sealed meaning no modifications can be made. Since 2019, all Moto2 bikes have been powered by the British motorcycle maker Triumph and its 765 inline three-cylinder unit. Performance figures are still hazy, although it’s thought the engine produces in excess of 140bhp.

The engines might be sealed, but the rest of the rules for Moto2 are pretty open. Frames for this class come from Speed Up and Kalex. MV Agusta previously had their name on Suter-built chassis' run by the Forward Racing team, but Forward has decided to end its relationship with MV for 2023.

All teams must use the same spec Dunlop slick racing tyres. The bike and rider in Moto2 must weigh at least 217kg and the machines have been clocked at speeds approaching 190mph.

2023 Moto2 rider lineup

Team

Riders

Speed Up Racing

Fermin Aldeguer

Alonso Lopez

American Racing

Rory Skinner

Sean Dylan Kelly

Elf Marc VDS Racing Team

Tony Arbolino

Sam Lowes

Flexbox HP40

Aron Canet

Sergio Garcia

GASGAS Aspar Team

Jake Dixon

Izan Guevara

Gresini Racing Moto2

Filip Salac

Jeremy Alcoba

Idemitsu Honda Team Asia

Ai Ogura

Somkiat Chantra

Italtrans Racing Team

Dennis Foggia

Joe Roberts

Liqui Moly Husqvarna Factory Team

Darryn Binder

Lukas Tulovic

Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Bo Bendsneyder

Red Bull KTM Ajo

Pedro Acosta

Albert Arenas

RW Racing GP

Barry Baltus

Zonta van den Goorbergh

Team Fantic-VR46

Celestino Vietti

Niccolo Antonelli

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

Kohta Nozane

Manuel Gonzalez

Forward Racing

Alex Escrig

Marcos Ramirez

The Moto3 Class

The third and final class of petrol-powered racing in the MotoGP championship is called Moto3, and regularly provides the closest, most exciting racing of all three classes. The bikes are small and light, the racers young and eager to please, and the bikes extremely evenly matched.

Since 2012, Moto3 has used 250cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engines – formerly they were 125cc, two-stroke screamers. The current four-stroke engines from Honda and KTM produce around 60-bhp, and while that may not sound like a lot, with a weight of around 80kg, they have still been clocked at more than 150mph on track.

2023 Moto3 rider lineup

Team

Riders

Leopard Racing

Jaume Masia

Tatsuki Suzuki

Angeluss MTA Team

Ivan Ortola

Stefano Nepa

BOE Motorsports

Ana Carrasco

David Muñoz

CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP

Xavier Artigas

Joel Kelso

CIP Green Power

Lorenzo Fellon

David Salvador

GASGAS Aspar Team

Ryusei Yamanaka

David Alonso

Honda Team Asia

Mario Suryo Aji

Taiyo Furusato

Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP

Ayumu Sasaki

Collin Veijer

MT Helmets - MSI

Diogo Moreira

Syarifuddin Azman

Red Bull KTM Ajo

Deniz Öncü

Jose Antonio Rueda

Red Bull KTM Tech3

Filippo Farioli

TBC

Rivacold Snipers Team

Matteo Bertelle

Romano Fenati

SIC58 Squadra Corse

Kaito Toba

Riccardo Rossi

Visiontrack Racing Team

Scott Ogden

Joshua Whatley

2023 MotoGP schedule

The 21 races in the 2023 MotoGP calendar, this season is set to be the biggest on record, as new events from Kazakstan and India join the championship. As is customary, the riders and teams get some pre-season tests, with the first of those taking place at Sepang early next month. That event will focus on rookie and test riders, with the full-time pilots getting a chance later in February. The paddock will then move to Portugal, for the final shakedown test scheduled for March 11th & 12th, two weeks before the opening round of the season.

MotoGP 2023 calendar

Date

Race

Venue

24-26 March

Portuguese GP

Algarve International Circuit

31 March – 2 April

Argentine GP

Termas de Rio Hondo

14-16 April

Americas GP

COTA

28-30 April

Spanish GP

Jerez

12-14 May

French GP

Le Mans

9-11 June

Italian GP

Mugello

16-18 June

German GP

Sachsenring

23-25 June

Dutch GP

Assen

7-9 July

Kazakhstan GP

Sokol International RaceTrack

4-6 August

British GP

Silverstone

18-20 August

Austrian GP

Red Bull Ring

1-3 September

Catalan GP

Barcelona

8-10 September

San Marino GP

Misano

22-24 September

Indian GP

Buddh International Circuit

29 September – 1 October

Japanese GP

Motegi

13-15 October

Indonesian GP

Mandalika

20-22 October

Australian GP

Phillip Island

27-29 October

Thailand GP

Buriram

10-12 November

Malaysian GP

Sepang

17-19 November

Qatar GP

Losail

24-26 November

Valencia GP

Ricardo Tormo

Qatar will still be the only night race in the MotoGP 2023 season, and the Indian and Kazakstan venues are awaiting confirmation that they are FIM homologated and okay to hold an event.

MotoGP 2023 news feed

Ducati launches 2023 MotoGP contender

Ducati became the third team to reveal its 2023 challenger, as the champion Bagnaia and new teammate, Enea Bastianini reveal the 2023 livery.

It also marked the confirmation that Bagnaia will run the No. 1 plate for the coming season, the first time a MotoGP rider has opted to do this for more than a decade.

The biggest change to the livery is the inclusion of Monster Energy branding, as the drink manufacturer joins the Italian team as a major sponsor for this year. 

for a more detailed look at the new bike, check out this article from when the 2023 Ducati MotoGP bike was unveiled.

The page above also details all the 2023 MotoGP livery and rider reveals so far.

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