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2021 MotoGP Calendar updates


January 22nd, 2021

Due to a still complex pandemic situation, today Dorna released some updates to the 2021 MotoGP Calendar. Argentina and America are moved out of the Calendar and labeled as “postponed” to a later date. In their place, a second Qatar Grand Prix is introduced on the 4th of April, temporarily renamed the Doha Grand Prix, and the Portuguese Grand Prix returns, at the Algarve international circuit on the 18th of April.

It has to be said that the Finnish KyimiRing circuit, where the three classe should race on the 11th of July, is still subject to homologation by the federation. Same applies to the Mandalika street circuit, in Indonesia, which is one of the reserve tracks available to the Spanish organization.

MotoGP 2021 Calendar

Round Date Gran Prix  Circuit
1 28 March 2021 Qatar Losail International Circuit
2 4 April 2021 Doha Losail International Circuit
3 18 April 2021 Portugal Algarve International Circuit
4 2 May 2021 Spain Jerez de la Frontera
5 16 May 2021 France Le Mans
6 30 May 2021 Italy Mugello
7 6 June 2021 Catalunya Montmelò
8 20 June 2021 Germany Sachsenring
9 27 June 2021 Netherlands Assen TT
10 11 Julo 2021 Finland (TBD) Kymiring
11 TBD
12 15 August 2021 Austria Red Bull Ring
13 29 August 2021 Great Britain Silverstone
14 12 September 2021 Aragon Aragon
15 19 September 2021 San Marino e Riviera di Rimini Misano Marco Simoncelli
16 3 October 2021 Japan Motegi
17 10 October 2021 Thailand Chang Circuit
18 24 October 2021 Australia Phillip Island
19 31 October 2021 Malaysia Sepang
20 14 November 2021 Comunitad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo

The MotoGP 2021 Calendar

Dorna, the rights holder of the MotoGP World Championship, has issued the Provisional MotoGP 2021 Schedule.

More than a provisional calendar, the schedule shared by the Spanish organization is a manifesto of intent: 20 races, 9 months of competition and a very similar structure to that of recent years, with the usual Qatari opening, the American tour, a conspicuous European leg, the Asian flyaways and the gran finale in Valencia.

There are still several uncertainties regarding some venues.

The historic track of Brno, in the Czech Republic, struggles to find its place in the 2021 MotoGP calendar, due to frictions between the local government and the FIM: the latter would require a resurfacing of the circuit as per FIM regulation, but cannot seem to find an agreement with the South Moravian government, which has no intention of allocating funds for the operation at the moment.

The Kymiring seems to be facing a similar issue, for Finnish organization has completed the main works for the track but has not yet obtained an official homologation.

The threat of COVID-19 and 3 backup Races

Ezpeleta and Dorna will try to confirm this MotoGP Calendar 2021, but cannot overlook the threat of the virus. For this reason, MotoGP already have three “backup” Grand Prix in its drawer: 3 cards the Series may want to play if they were to deal with a resurgence of the pandemic. These backup races are:

  • Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit
  • Indonesian Grand Prix – Mandalika International Street Circuit
  • Russian Grand Prix – Igora Drive Circuit

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Emanuele Venturoli
Communication Manager for RTR Sports Marketing. A degree in Communication at the University of Bologna and a passion for sport brought me where I'm today.
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