|2021 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.|
|2021 Moto2 World Championship|
2021 Moto3 World Championship
2021 MotoE World Cup
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
|Current season summary|
Joan Mir and Team Suzuki Ecstar began the season as defending riders' and teams' champions respectfully, while Ducati started as defending constructors' champion. Ducati and Yamaha became early season favourites after winning all the first five races of the season (rounds 1-3 for Yamaha riders Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo, rounds 4-5 for Ducati rider Jack Miller) and locking out all but one of the 15 podium positions between them. Perennial title favourite Marc Márquez made his return to the series at the third round in Portugal, after missing nearly the entirety of the 2020 season as well as the first two rounds in Qatar due to injury recovery. By the sixth round in Italy, Quartararo became the first clear title favourite of the season after four consecutive pole positions and achieving his third win of the season, extending his championship lead to 24 points. At the German Grand Prix, Marc Márquez made his first return to the podium since Valencia 2019 with a win, extending his unbroken streak of victories at the Sachsenring to 11 in a row, dating back to 2010 in the 125cc class. With the win, Márquez ended Honda's longest win drought since their full-time return to the pinacle of Grand Prix racing in 1982 at 581 days. At the Dutch TT, Quartararo claimed his fourth win of the season to extend his lead in the rider's championship heading into the summer break, with a 34-point-advantage over his nearest rival and compatriot Johann Zarco. Returning from the summer pause in Styria, rookie Jorge Martín translated his second career pole position into his maiden race win in just his sixth MotoGP race start, and claimed the first victory for Pramac Racing since their entry to the class in 2002. At the Austrian Grand Prix, KTM rider Brad Binder took his second career victory in a flag-to-flag race in the rain, after electing to stay out on slicks with three laps remaining, while the other five riders of the lead group entered the pits to switch to wet tires. At an unseasonably cold British round, Quartararo took a dominant win while his nearest rivals faltered, extending his championship lead to 65 points with six rounds remaining. In Aragon, Ducati factory rider Francesco Bagnaia led from pole position to take his inaugural MotoGP victory and shortened Quartararo's championship advantage as the Frenchman struggled with tires, dropping from third on the grid to finish eighth. At Misano, Bagnaia repeated his feat to win from pole for the second consecuitive race, cutting the Frenchman's lead to just 48 points with four rounds remaining. In Austin, Marquéz topped the podium for the second time of the year, ahead of chief title contenders Quartararo and Bagnaia. With the win, Marquéz extended his dominance over the Circuit of the Americas, having won 7 of 8 total MotoGP visits to the track.
As with the previous season, the 2021 championship was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the cancellation or postponement of many races. As it became clear local pandemic conditions would not allow for a running of the Argentine or American Grands Prix as planned, both races were postponed and replaced with a second round in Qatar and a round in Portugal. The return of the Finnish Grand Prix was delayed by a further year, as Finnish race officials did not wish to hold their inaugural event without fans in the grandstands, and the race was replaced with a second round in Austria. The Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic situation in the country and the resulting travel complications and logistical restrictions, replaced by the new date for the American Grand Prix. The Australian Grand Prix was cancelled in early July, due to the paddock's inability to meet the Australian government's requirement for a two-week quarantine for all foreign entries to the country, which would introduce too large of a disturbance to the MotoGP schedule. With a mid-summer resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Thailand, that country's Grand Prix planned for mid-October was also cancelled for the second year in a row. By mid-August, the rising number of infections in Malaysia caused the cancellation of the Grand Prix in that country (replaced by a second round at the Misano circuit), meaning no championship rounds would be held east of Qatar for the second consecutive year.
Teams and riders
All teams use series-specified Michelin tyres.
- Fabio Quartararo moved to the Yamaha factory team from Petronas Yamaha. Valentino Rossi swapped seats with Quartararo, leaving the Yamaha factory team after 15 seasons over two stints with the team.
- Pol Espargaró moved to Repsol Honda after 4 years with the KTM factory team, replacing Álex Márquez, who moved to LCR under a Honda factory contract, in turn replacing Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow joined Yamaha as a test rider, replacing incumbent test rider Jorge Lorenzo.
- Miguel Oliveira moved from KTM satellite team Tech3 to the factory team. Danilo Petrucci replaced Oliveira at Tech3 after two seasons with the Ducati factory team.
- Andrea Dovizioso left the Ducati factory team after 8 seasons with the team at the end of the 2020 season. On 10 November 2020, he announced his intentions to take a sabbatical for the 2021 season and focus on a return in 2022.
- Both Pramac Racing riders Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia moved to the factory Ducati team. Johann Zarco (coming from Esponsorama) and Jorge Martín (promoted from Moto2 with KTM Ajo) replaced them.
- Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini were promoted from Moto2 to Esponsorama Racing, replacing Zarco and Tito Rabat, the latter having his contract terminated prematurely for 2021 and moving to the Superbike World Championship.
- Lorenzo Savadori was promoted from a test rider position to a race seat for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, after Andrea Iannone received a four-year competition ban for a doping violation.
- Stefan Bradl replaced Marc Márquez for the start of the season, as Márquez prolonged his recovery from his 2020 season-ending injury.
- Tito Rabat replaced Jorge Martín for the Spanish and French Grands Prix, while the rookie recovered from injuries sustained in a Saturday morning crash at the Portuguese round.
- Ducati test rider Michele Pirro replaced Martín for the Italian Grand Prix.
- Álex Rins missed the Catalan Grand Prix after suffering a broken arm prior to the race. He was not replaced for the round.
- Franco Morbidelli missed several races after injuring his left knee in a training accident. He was replaced by Garrett Gerloff for the Dutch round, Cal Crutchlow for the Styrian and Austrian rounds, and Jake Dixon for the British and Aragon rounds.
- Lorenzo Savadori underwent surgery after his crash in the Styrian round. He missed the succeeding Austrian round and was not replaced.
- Yamaha withdrew Maverick Viñales from the Austrian Grand Prix, citing "unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle" during the Styrian Grand Prix. Yamaha subsequently terminated his contract on August 20, thereby removing Vinales' entry in the championship. He was replaced by Cal Crutchlow for the British and Aragon rounds. Franco Morbidelli was subsequently promoted to the factory team as their championship rider for the rest of the season and the future, reuniting Morbidelli with former Petronas SRT teammate Fabio Quartararo. Andrea Dovizioso eventually returned from his sabbatical and returned to MotoGP, replacing Morbidelli as SRT's championship rider for the rest of the season.
- Maverick Viñales returned to MotoGP from the Aragon Grand Prix onwards with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, replacing Lorenzo Savadori as the championship rider for the remainder of the season, with Savadori returning to his previous role as the test/reserve rider. Maverick was contracted to ride for Aprilia in 2022.
- Maverick Viñales sat out of the Grand Prix of the Americas following the death of his cousin, Dean Berta Viñales, during the first round at Jerez in the 2021 Supersport 300 World Championship the previous week. He was not replaced for the round.
|1||28 March[a]||Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar||Losail International Circuit, Lusail|
|2||4 April[a]||Tissot Grand Prix of Doha|
|3||18 April||Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal||Algarve International Circuit, Portimão|
|4||2 May||Gran Premio Red Bull de España||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto, Jerez de la Frontera|
|5||16 May||Shark Grand Prix de France||Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans|
|6||30 May||Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley||Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero|
|7||6 June||Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló|
|8||20 June||Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland||Sachsenring, Hohenstein-Ernstthal|
|9||27 June||Motul TT Assen||TT Circuit Assen, Assen|
|10||8 August||Michelin Grand Prix of Styria||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|11||15 August||Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich|
|12||29 August||Monster Energy British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|13||12 September||Gran Premio Tissot de Aragón||MotorLand Aragón, Alcañiz|
|14||19 September||Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico|
|15||3 October||Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|16||24 October||Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico|
|17||7 November||Grande Prémio do Algarve||Algarve International Circuit, Portimão|
|18||14 November||Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana||Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia|
|Cancelled Grands Prix|
|-||Gran Premio de la República Argentina||Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo|
|-||Michelin Grand Prix of Finland||Kymi Ring, Iitti|
|-||Motul Grand Prix of Japan||Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi|
|-||OR Thailand Grand Prix||Buriram International Circuit, Buriram|
|-||Red Bull Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix||Phillip Island, Melbourne|
|-||Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Sepang|
Grand Prix locations
- The Finnish Grand Prix was reintroduced to the calendar after a 38-year absence. The venue hosting the round will be the new Kymi Ring, instead of the Tampere Circuit used in 1962 and 1963 or the Imatra Circuit which hosted the round until 1982. The Finnish Grand Prix had been included on the 2020 calendar, but the inaugural race was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Czech Republic Grand Prix was initially left off the provisional calendar, as the circuit requires mandatory resurfacing for safety compliance, and it was unclear if the necessary work could be completed in time for its typical schedule date in early August. The 11th round of the championship was therefore left open as provisionally pending. On 8 December 2020, Brno city councillors opted out of the 2021 calendar, citing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will mark the first absence of a Grand Prix in Brno since 1992. The mayor of Brno hopes for the return of the championship in 2022.
Calendar changes as a reaction to COVID-19 pandemic
- With the uncertainty of the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, championship organizer Dorna elected in November 2020 to nominate three "Reserve Grand Prix Venues" which could be used in the event that local virus containment measures or regulations force the cancellation of a planned Grand Prix.
- The Portuguese Grand Prix at Algarve had previously returned to the schedule as a replacement race for the final round of the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.
- The Indonesian Grand Prix was originally planned to be reintroduced to the main calendar after a 23-year absence before being designated a Reserve Grand Prix for 2021. The venue hosting the round would be the new Mandalika International Street Circuit, instead of the Sentul International Circuit used in 1996 and 1997.
- A Russian Grand Prix would see the inaugural motorcycle Grand Prix in that country. The Igora Drive circuit would be used.
- On 22 January 2021, Dorna significantly updated the provisional calendar including the following changes:
- The Argentine and American Grands Prix would be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in both countries, with potential rescheduling for the final quarter of 2021.
- A double-header would open the season in Qatar on 28 March and 4 April, followed by Portugal as the third round.
- The provisionally pending race created by the absence of the Czech Grand Prix was removed.
- The potential Russian Grand Prix was removed from the reserve list, leaving Indonesia as the sole Reserve Grand Prix Venue.
- On 14 May the Finnish Grand Prix was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, and the Styrian Grand Prix would replace it on the date of 8 August. It was also confirmed that the Indonesian Grand Prix would remain a reserve Grand Prix in the 2021 calendar, subject to circuit homologation.
- On 23 June the Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, with the previously postponed Grand Prix of the Americas taking its place in the calendar. This also led to the postponement of the Thailand Grand Prix by one week.
- On 6 July the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, with the Malaysian Grand Prix brought forward by a week to replace it on the date of 24 October. In addition, a new Grand Prix, the Algarve Grand Prix, was introduced, which is scheduled to be held on 7 November.
- On 21 July the Thailand Grand Prix was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
- On 19 August the Malaysian Grand Prix was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the country. For its replacement, a second Grand Prix at Misano will be introduced, having the same schedule as the cancelled Malaysian round.
- On 11 September the final championship calendar comprising 18 Grands Prix was confirmed. The Emilia Romagna and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix will return as the second Grand Prix at Misano, now having the shortened name of Emilia Romagna motorcycle Grand Prix. The previously postponed Argentine Grand Prix was also cancelled.
Results and standings
|Round||Grand Prix||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning rider||Winning team||Winning constructor||Report|
|1||Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix||Francesco Bagnaia||Maverick Viñales||Maverick Viñales||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Report|
|2||Doha motorcycle Grand Prix||Jorge Martín||Francesco Bagnaia||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Report|
|3||Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix||Fabio Quartararo||Álex Rins||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Report|
|4||Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix||Fabio Quartararo||Fabio Quartararo||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||Report|
|5||French motorcycle Grand Prix||Fabio Quartararo||Fabio Quartararo||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||Report|
|6||Italian motorcycle Grand Prix||Fabio Quartararo||Johann Zarco||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Report|
|7||Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix||Fabio Quartararo||Johann Zarco||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||Report|
|8||German motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Miguel Oliveira||Marc Márquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||Report|
|9||Dutch TT||Maverick Viñales||Fabio Quartararo||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Report|
|10||Styrian motorcycle Grand Prix||Jorge Martín||Joan Mir||Jorge Martín||Pramac Racing||Ducati||Report|
|11||Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix||Jorge Martín||Fabio Quartararo||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||Report|
|12||British motorcycle Grand Prix||Pol Espargaró||Fabio Quartararo||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||Report|
|13||Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix||Francesco Bagnaia||Marc Márquez||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||Report|
|14||San Marino and Rimini Riviera motorcycle Grand Prix||Francesco Bagnaia||Enea Bastianini||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||Report|
|15||Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||Francesco Bagnaia||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||Report|
|16||Emilia Romagna motorcycle Grand Prix||Report|
|17||Algarve motorcycle Grand Prix||Report|
|18||Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix||Report|
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.
Each constructor gets the same number of points as their best placed rider in each race.
The teams' standings are based on results obtained by regular and substitute riders; wild-card entries are ineligible.
|1||Ducati Lenovo Team||43||9||9||Ret||1||1||6||3||6||Ret||Ret||11||4||5||5||7||351|
|2||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||12||1F||5||11||7||10||8||5||19||2P||NC||349|
|3||Team Suzuki Ecstar||36||4||7||3||5||Ret||3||4||9||3||2F||4||9||3||6||8||256|
|5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||33||14||8||5||Ret||13||5||8||4||12||4||1||6||7||9||9||223|
|6||Repsol Honda Team||6||11||14||194|
|8||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||12||18||13||111|
|10||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||9||Ret||19||13||14||5||9||Ret||Ret||13||18||12||10||15||16||18||75|
|11||Petronas Yamaha SRT||04||21||13||72|
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