What will the season look like?
Without a doubt, the 2020 MotoGP calendar was one of the strangest in memory. Although the global coronavirus pandemic is very much still a concern, the provisional 2021 MotoGP calendar is now out and it shows a full, international series that ranges from March through November, 2021. Let’s take a look.
If all goes according to plan, organizers hope to kick the season off at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit on March 28, 2021. Then there’s a weekend off before heading to Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina on April 11. Just a week later, MotoGP plans to head north to Circuit of the Americas on April 18.
From Texas, the entire MotoGP operation will fly back to Europe for the majority of the season. Unsurprisingly, four stops are located at circuits in Spain—and one race weekend has been set aside, but the facility is still listed as “to be decided.” Here’s the European leg of the MotoGP season at the time of writing in November, 2020:
- Circuito de Jerez, Spain: May 2, 2021
- Le Mans, France: May 16, 2021
- Autodromo de Mugello, Italy: May 30, 2021
- Barcelona – Catalunya, Catalunya: June 6, 2021
- Sachsenring, Germany: June 20, 2021
- TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands: June 27, 2021
- KymiRing, Finland: July 11, 2021
- To be decided
- Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria: August 15, 2021
- Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain: August 29, 2021
- MotorLand Aragón, Aragón: September 12, 2021
- Misano World Circuit, San Marino: September 19, 2021
The final two months of the provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar will mostly be spent in Asia and Australia, with the finale heading back to Spain to cap off the season.
- Twin Ring Motegi, Japan: October 3, 2021
- Chang International Circuit, Thailand: October 10, 2021
- Phillip Island, Australia: October 24, 2021
- Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia: October 31, 2021
- Comunitat Valenciana, Comunitat Valenciana: November 14, 2021
For 2021, MotoGP has three additional venues listed as Reserve GP Venues:
- Algarve International Circuit, Portugal
- Mandalika, Indonesia
- Igora Drive Circuit, Russia
Finland’s KymiRing circuit is on the provisional calendar for the moment, pending homologation. It was originally intended to make its MotoGP debut in 2020, but will now be revealed to the world in 2021, if all goes well.
All we know at this point is that a provisional calendar has been announced. Given the state of the world, we can’t know anything with certainty about what races will happen, or be postponed, or be canceled altogether going forward. Still, we can always hope! Once racing got back on track for 2020, it was a season that saw a total of nine different race winners—so anything is possible.
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