2021 MotoGP Calendar Finalized: Argentina Canceled, 18 Races In 2021

The 2021 MotoGP calendar has been finalized. The combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fire which ravaged the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit has caused the cancellation of the Argentina Grand Prix, meaning that the 2021 MotoGP season will consist of 18 races, leaving 6 races - including Sunday's Aragon round - to contest this year.

The finalization of the calendar also means that the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, will go ahead, despite the current situation with hospital capacity in Texas due to the Covid-19 outbreak. With the Austin City Limits music festival due to be held on the same weekend, it is hard for the Circuit to justify canceling the race.

At the same time, the official date of the Jerez MotoGP test was also announced. The traditional Valencia test has been abandoned, as it was always unpopular with teams and riders. Instead, the teams will head to Jerez for a two-day test on the Thursday and Friday after Valencia, November 18th and 19th. That will be the final test of 2021, before the paddock assembles again in Sepang in early February. Pandemic willing, of course.

The finalized 2021 MotoGP calendar appears below:

Date Grand prix Circuit
28 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit
4 April Qatar* Losail International Circuit
18 April Portugal Algarve International Circuit
02 May Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto
16 May France Le Mans
30 May Italy Autodromo del Mugello
06 June Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya
20 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
27 June Germany Sachsenring
8 August Styria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg
15 August Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg
29 August Great Britain Silverstone
12 September Aragón MotorLand Aragón
19 September San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
03 October Americas Circuit of the Americas
24 October Emilia Romagna e Made in Italy Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
7 November Algarve Algarve International Circuit
14 November Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo
tbc tbc tbc

* Evening Race
** Subject to Homologation

All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.


2021 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship final calendar confirmed

The final calendar for the 2021 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship can now be confirmed. The 2021 season will comprise a total of 18 Grands Prix, with no more events to be added.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports therefore regret to confirm the cancellation of the Gran Premio de la República Argentina due to force majeure. The event was previously postponed, but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, logistical restrictions and prior infrastructure damage have obliged the cancellation.

MotoGP™ looks forward to returning to Termas de Rio Hondo in April 2022 to greet the incredible fans who flock to the venue from across South America, with all parties working towards extending the collaboration for further years.

The name of the second Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, set to take place from the 22nd to the 24th of October 2021, can also be announced. The event will be the Emilia Romagna and Made in Italy Grand Prix, with helmet manufacturer and long-term partner of MotoGP™, Nolan, taking top billing. The official name of the event is therefore the Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia Romagna.

In addition, the dates of the first pre-season test for 2022 are now confirmed. The Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto will host a two-day Official Test for the MotoGP™ class on the 18th and 19th of November 2021.

Official track action will then resume with the Sepang Shakedown Test from the 31st of January 2022, as previously announced.

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Comments

If it is finalised does that mean the tbc round still at the end of the list is a mistake?

though I'm sure I saw Espeleta looking round Cadwell Park with Uncini last week. That would sort them out! November race with a delay to let the ice thaw under the trees at Hall Bends; I mean that's what they've got traction control for isn't it?

I realise you've got more important things to think about (and the races in question have already passed) but the sub-editor in me is boiling over.

Every single calendar story you've done all year has had Sachsenring and Assen the wrong way round!

I guess it's too late to move COTA, as it's under a month out. But it sure is wasteful and goofy to go to Misano, leave, then come back.