The 75th FIM Road Racing World Championship - or MotoGP as it has been known since 2002 - is just around the corner. The race to be champion is a wide-open betting heat with four riders priced at single-figure odds to emerge on top at the end of the 21-race campaign.
A major revamp of the weekend format sees a Saturday sprint race introduced at every round with points on offer to the top-nine riders, adjusting to that will be key in deciding the fate of the championship.
There has been something of a changing of the guard in recent seasons, and the last four years have seen four different riders claim the spoils, but Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia heads the market to retain his riders title.
Here is all the information you need to know before the season kicks off in the Algarve at the end of the month.
|What||2023 MotoGP season|
|Where||Across the world|
|When||Sunday 26th March - Sunday 26th November|
|How to watch||All races live on BT Sport|
|Odds||Francesco Bagnaia 2/1, Marc Marquez 13/5, Enea Bastianini 16/5, Fabio Quartararo 13/2, Jorge Martin|
Pre-season testing took place in Malaysia last month, with a further two-day test this weekend at Portimao ahead of the opening race at the same circuit on Sunday 26th March.
The 21-race calendar includes the series' inaugural visits to Kazakhstan in July and India in September, with the final round taking place in Valencia on Sunday 26th November.
The early part of the season saw defending champion Fabio Quartararo battle Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro for supremacy. The pair clashed in the Dutch TT, with Frenchman Quartararo retiring from the race and being handed a penalty to be taken at the next round, but the Yamaha rider went into the summer break with a 21-point advantage.
Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia got the bit between his teeth at this point, rattling off four-straight wins to move up to second in the standings, 30 points behind Quartararo with six races remaining.
Bagnaia's victory at the penultimate round in Malaysia would be the only subsequent race either of them won, but that result saw the Italian take the lead in the championship and ensure that his ninth-place finish at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix was enough to hang on for the title.
Overall, seven different riders won at least one race, while a new record was set with ten different riders recording a pole position.
Enea Bastianini, who picked up four wins for the satellite Ducati team last year, is promoted to the world champion factory squad alongside Bagnaia. Bastianini replaces Australian Jack Miller, who moves to KTM.
Suzuki have withdrawn from MotoGP, but their riders Alex Rins and 2020 champion Joan Mir switch to the former powerhouse Honda factory team.
Fabio Di Giannantonio
Mooney VR46 Ducati
GasGas Tech3 KTM
In the UK, all practice, qualifying, sprint races and grands prix will be shown live on BT Sport.
A highlights package will be broadcast on terrestrial free-to-air, but the carrier has yet to be announced.
Interestingly, Marc Marquez is second-favourite at . One of the all-time greats, Marquez burst onto the scene in 2013, taking the title in his first season in the premier class and adding five more championships over the next six years.
However, the Spaniard has been beset with injuries since 2020, missing races in all of the last three seasons. Even if he is back to 100% fitness - and that is a big if - it must be questionable whether he retains all his speed, while his Honda team failed to win a race last season.
Quartararo saw a sizable advantage bleed away in the latter half of 2022 and the 2021 champion will be eager to regain his title. However, Yamaha's lack of power could make that a tough task for him.
Ducati start the year with a likely performance advantage and Bastianini is an exciting prospect at . His partnership with fellow Italian team-mate Bagnaia could be a dominant one, but there's also the potential for fireworks which, while great for viewers, could hurt their championship chances.
At , Aleix Espargaro could go well. The Aprilia rider was in the championship hunt for a long time last year, and his consistency will be a big asset now that there are twice as many points-paying races with a sprint at every event.