KTM has confirmed it will hold its online MotoGP team launch, featuring 'fresh faces and colours' on Friday, February 12 at 10.00 CET.

As its fifth season in MotoGP, KTM has labelled 2021 as 'Round five' and 'time for the Next Level' after 'a breakthrough campaign in 2020 that delivered Grand Prix wins, a bundle of podium trophies, pole positions and new landmarks in the riders and manufacturers standings, the company is ready to strike again as MotoGP leaders this year with the KTM RC16.'

KTM came into last season with a best dry race result of sixth but finished it with eight dry podiums from the 14 rounds, including three victories.

The first was by rookie Brad Binder at Brno – in only his third MotoGP appearance – followed by two more wins for Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull Ring, Portimao) at Tech3.

Pol Espargaro also celebrated five podiums on his way to a new KTM high of fifth in the world championship, before leaving for Repsol Honda.

Oliveira is switching across to the Factory team to take Espargaro's place alongside Binder, with double Ducati race-winner Danilo Petrucci arriving at Tech3 to join Iker Lecuona.

While Red Bull continues as title sponsor of the Official KTM team, they have withdrawn from Tech3 in the premier-class. The French team is now titled as 'Tech3 KTM Factory Racing' and is thus expected to take on an even more orange livery for 2021.

Although KTM has now lost access to technical concessions, due to last year's success, they are allowed to change their engine design ahead of the 2021 season. But once racing begins - like Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Honda - they will not be able to make any engine modifications.

Aprilia is the only manufacturer eligible for concessions in 2021.

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