NEW DELHI : When a distorted map of the nation was shown during a live webcast of the greatest motorcycle racing event on Friday, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were absent from the map, sparking a tremendous uproar ahead of MotoGP’s India debut. MotoGP released an apology for the error on its official account on X, formerly Twitter, within hours of the issue being brought to their attention by some social media users. “We sincerely regret to our Indian fans for the earlier map that was shown during the MotoGP broadcast. We’ve never intended to say anything other than that we appreciate and support the host nation, according to MotoGP.“We’re excited to be able to enjoy the IndianOil Grand Prix of India with you and we’re with you and we’re loving our first taste of Buddh International Circuit,” it continued. On Friday, practise sessions are scheduled for Moto 2, Moto 3, and MotoGP. The major races are set for Sunday, while qualifying will take place on Saturday. For the first time since the 2013 Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, which was cancelled from the schedule owing to monetary, tax, and administrative concerns, India will play home to a major motorsports event. For the Indian MotoGP, Dorna and Fairstreet have agreed to a seven-year MoU. According to a statement from the neighbourhood Yamuna Motorway Industrial Development Authority, the Uttar Pradesh government approved a fund of Rs 8 crore to its department ‘Invest UP’ for the MotoGP earlier this month in response to an application from Fairsreet Sports. In addition to this investment, the local government also worked on repairing and beautifying the roads that lead to the Buddh International Circuit.