The FIM has today announced the 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar.

The series will again race at the same 17 venues as this year - starting at Jerez on March 26 and ending at Valencia on October 29 - however the likes of Qatar and Turkey will be earlier in the season, while Portugal will be later in the year.

The calendar, which features slight date modifications from the provisional line-up released in late July, now has no less than five sets of back-to-back races with only four GPs being 'stand alone' (with a weekend off either side).

The full 2006 MotoGP calendar, with weekends on and off, can be seen below:

2006 MotoGP calendar:

March 26 Spain Jerez
April 2
April 8 Qatar Losail (Sat)
April 16
April 23
April 30 Turkey Istanbul
May 7
May 14 China Shanghai
May 21 France Le Mans
May 28
June 4 Italy Mugello
June 11
June 18 Catalunya Catalunya
June 24 Netherlands Assen (Sat)
July 2 Great Britain Donington Park
July 9
July 16 Germany Sachsenring
July 23 United States Laguna Seca (MotoGP only)
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20 Czech Republic Brno
August 27
Sept 3
Sept 10 Malaysia Sepang
Sept 17 Australia Phillip Island
Sept 24 Japan Motegi
Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22 Portugal Estoril
Oct 29 Valencia Valencia

(Sat) = Saturday race.
(MotoGP only) = No 125 or 250cc.