MotoGP organisers FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports have announced that the lone official Moto2 and Moto3 pre-season test, due to take place in Jerez on March 16-18, will now be moved to Losail, Qatar on March 19-21.

The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup will also be on track for pre-season testing on the same days. Each class will have their own sessions.

'The change of venue for Moto2 and Moto3 has been agreed in order to create the safest and most efficient pre-season testing programme possible for the FIM MotoGP World Championship, minimising the travel necessary for each class and ensuring the first two grands prix of the season are able to take place safely and securely," explained a statement from Dorna.

The decision also indicates that MotoGP fully expects the Qatar tests and races to proceed as planned, despite warnings of a possible increase in the country's Covid restrictions and speculation that the 2021 world championship might need to start in Europe.

The MotoGP class has not held an official test or race outside of Europe since last February's Qatar test, but Moto2 and Moto3 were able to race at Losail last March.

2021 MotoGP testing is due to be held in Qatar from March 5-7 and 10-12, with the season-opening night race scheduled for March 28.

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar – January Update

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar (Evening race)

Losail

2

4 April

Doha (Evening race)

Losail

3

18 April

Portugal

Portimao

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

27 June

Netherlands

Assen

10

11 July

Finland (Subject to homologation)

KymiRing

11

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

12

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

15

3 October

Japan

Motegi

16

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

17

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

19

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

Postponed Grands Prix:
 11 AprilArgentinaTermas
 18 AprilAmericasCOTA
Reserve Grand Prix Venues:
  Indonesia (Subject to homologation)Mandalika
  RussiaIgora Drive
2021 Pre-season Testing:
 5 MarchQatar Shakedown TestLosail
 6-7 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 10-12 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 

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