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MotoGP published a provisional 20 race calendar for 2021 at the end of last year, which was expected to be delayed and postponed as the situation at COVID-19 deteriorated around the world in the winter.

Earlier this month, MotoGP announced that it would have to cancel the pre-Sepang season test set in February after a state of emergency was declared in Malaysia due to the virus.

A meeting between the team and MotoGP was held last week to discuss the date change for the start of the season.

Once such a proposal was to advance the Qatar GP to the date of March 21st, nearing the end of the pre-season test and avoiding a collision with the same F1 Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28th.

However, MotoGP has announced that the season will proceed as planned at the Qatar GP on March 28th and that the Doha GP will continue at the same Losail International Circuit on April 4th.

The Portuguese Grand Prix will continue on April 18th and the current race will start the European season on May 2nd, while the Spanish Grand Prix will be held in Jerez.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US and Argentine GPs have been postponed from the April slot to the last quarter of the year, but currently there is no new tentative date.

At this time, no other date changes have been announced, but in August the vacant undecided slots of the Czech GP no longer appear on the calendar and Russia’s Igora Drive is no longer listed as a spare circuit.

The MotoGP statement said: “FIM, IRTA (Team Association) and Dorna Sports are now able to publish an updated calendar for the 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship. It will start in just over a month.

“The opening Grand Prix of the season in Qatar remains confirmed from March 26th to 28th, and the next weekend, April 2nd to 4th, the second event at the same Losail International Circuit, the Grand Prix of Doha. Will be done.

“Portugal’s Outdromo International de Algarve will host the third round of the championship from April 16th to 18th, after which the paddock will head to the Jerez Circuit-Angelnieto as previously planned.

“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting blockades and complications have sadly forced both the Argentine Grand Prix and the Americas GP to be postponed until the last quarter of 2021.

“Further updates and changes will be provided as they become available.”

Due to the cancellation of the Sepang test, MotoGP will be held for another two days in Roseil from March 6th to 7th, prior to the first final test on the circuit from March 10th to 12th.

It is still unclear if these races will be open to the spectators and if the media will be granted access.

2021 MotoGP Calendar:

date Venue
March 28 Lusail
April 4th Lusail
April 18 Algarve
May 2 Jerez
May 16 Le Mans
May 30 Mugello
June 6 Barcelona
June 20 Sachsenring
June 27 Assen
July 11 Kymi ring
August 15 Red Bull Ring
August 29 Silverstone
September 12 Aragon
September 19 Misano
October 3 Motegi
October 10 Buriram
October 24 Phillip Island
October 31st Sepang
November 14th Valencia

Postponement of Grand Prix rescheduled under the influence of pandemic:

Republic of Argentina-Thermas De Rio Hondo
America-Circuit of the Americas

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