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2021 MotoGP™ season: 5 things to know

2021 MotoGP™ season: 5 things to know


As the engines are fired up for the opening race of the year, live on BT Sport, here’s your quick-look guide to what lies ahead

By Virgin TV Edit

Full-throttled action featuring the best riders in the world? It can only mean one thing: MotoGP is ready to rock your world with a brand new season of drama.


Every race is exclusively live on BT Sport and the Virgin TV Go app this season, which means you can follow every thrilling overtake, hazardous corner and mad dash for the chequered flag as they happen.


Ready for the big return of MotoGP? To get you in the mood ahead of this weekend’s opening race in Qatar, here are five things you need to know about the campaign…


1. Marc Márquez won’t be racing just yet

Six-time champion Marc Márquez won’t feature in the season’s first two races as he recovers from the shoulder injury that kept him out for pretty much the whole of 2020. This gives the rest of the chasing pack a chance to get some vital points on the board early, but you can guarantee the Spaniard will be raring to go when he returns to the grid. This is one of the all-time greats we’re talking about after all.


2. It could be the most unpredictable season ever

Not only does Márquez’s absence throw everything up in the air, the dangerous Andrea Dovizioso won’t be racing at all due to his year-long sabbatical. A shortened programme of pre-season testing also means the teams have limited performance data to work with ahead of the 2021 campaign. There are lots of unknowns to consider this season – and that’s a very good thing if you like your motorsport served with a generous side helping of surprise.


3. Meet the defending champion

It might seem odd to introduce you to the reigning MotoGP champ, but last season was odd in itself. With Marc Márquez sidelined, 23-year-old Joan Mir took advantage to seal his maiden world title. And he did it by winning just one race. Picking up more podium finishes than any other rider to clinch the crown in 2020, it will be fascinating to see how the Team Suzuki Ecstar racer handles the pressure this year.


4. It’s all change at Yamaha

A few teams have changed their riders in the off-season, with the most significant moves coming over at Yamaha. Young Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, who won the first two races of 2020, will ride for their factory outfit following his exit from the Petronas Yamaha team. Quartararo replaces the legendary Valentino Rossi, who has gone the other way and joined Petronas Yamaha. The Italian’s 15th-placed finish in 2020 was his lowest ever in the MotoGP standings.


5. Every moment is live on BT Sport

BT Sport is the home of MotoGP once again this season, with every practice session, qualifier and race exclusively live. Can’t get near the telly when the action is on? Then fire up the Virgin TV Go app – which is available to Virgin TV customers at no extra cost – and follow the drama live on your device.


Speaking of every race showing live and exclusive on BT Sport this season, here’s your guide to everything that’s heading your way…


MotoGP on TV – 2021 race calendar


MotoGP Qatar

Sunday 28 March, 2.15pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)


MotoGP Doha

Sunday 4 April, 2.15pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)


MotoGP Portugal

Sunday 18 April, 10.30am, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)


MotoGP Spain

Sunday 2 May, BT Sport


MotoGP France

Sunday 16 May, BT Sport


MotoGP Italy

Sunday 30 May, BT Sport


MotoGP Catalunya

Sunday 6 June, BT Sport


MotoGP Germany

Sunday 20 June, BT Sport


MotoGP Assen

Sunday 27 June, BT Sport


MotoGP Finland

Sunday 11 July, BT Sport


MotoGP Austria

Sunday 15 August, BT Sport


MotoGP Great Britain

Sunday 29 August, BT Sport


MotoGP Aragón

Sunday 12 September, BT Sport


MotoGP San Marino

Sunday 19 September, BT Sport


MotoGP Japan

Sunday 3 October, BT Sport


MotoGP Thailand

Sunday 10 October, BT Sport


MotoGP Australia

Sunday 24 October, BT Sport


MotoGP Malaysia

Sunday 31 October, BT Sport


MotoGP Valencia

Sunday 14 November, BT Sport


When is the Grand Prix Of Qatar on TV?

Coverage of the first race of the 2021 MotoGP season starts at 2.15pm on Sunday 28 March on BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528).


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