Repsol Honda has confirmed that its 2021 online MotoGP team launch, featuring six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and new team-mate Pol Espargaro, will be held on February 22 at 12:00 CET.

While few changes to the familiar Repsol livery are expected, the event is sure to see Marquez provide some form of update on his complicated recovery from a broken right arm.

The Spaniard has been sidelined since last July, initially fracturing his arm when he highsided and was hit by his bike in the closing stages of the Jerez season-opener, then breaking the original titanium plate used to secure the bone.

When his arm failed to heal, a third operation was undertaken last December, including a bone graft, which also revealed the presence of infection. The most recent update said that Marquez continues to undergo antibiotic treatment.

Doubts remain about when the #93 will return to his RC213V, with speculation that test rider Stefan Bradl (or even Andrea Dovizioso) will again step in for the Qatar tests in March.

New signing Espargaro, a title rival of Marquez in the smaller grand prix classes, arrives at Repsol Honda after spending four seasons at KTM, culminating in five podiums and fifth in last year's world championship.

With last year's delayed calendar and ongoing Covid restrictions ruling out the usual post-season tests, Espargaro is yet to ride an RCV.

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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