The 2021 MotoGP season gets underway this weekend at the Losail International Circuit, for the first of two rounds in Qatar. 

Teams and riders head into the opening race weekend after six days of Official testing in Doha, which also includes the shakedown test day on March 5th.

Yamaha and Ducati look like favourites based on testing results with Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo all setting lap times quicker than the official lap record. 

However, World Champions Suzuki along with Honda's Pol Espargaro, can't be ruled out either after their impressive performances. 

Here's a look at the combined MotoGP times from the Official Qatar test. 

1Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)1m 53.183s1
2Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.061s2
3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.080s1
4Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.140s2
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.261s2
6Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.457s2
7Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.644s2
8Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.677s2
9Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.716s1
10Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.716s1
11Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.810s2
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.079s1
13Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.244s2
14Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.300s2
15Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Esponsorama (GP19)*+1.322s2
16Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.343s1
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.508s2
18Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.509s2
19Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.712s2
20Yamaha Test2N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.815s1
21Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia (GP19)*+1.839s2
22Yamaha Test1N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.897s2
23Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.012s2
24Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.457s1
25Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.459s1
26Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.571s2
27Yamaha Test3N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+2.648s2
28Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP21)+3.549s2
29Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+4.612s1

The Moto2 and Moto3 classes will also be in action following their recent test on March19-21

Combined times from the Official Moto2 testing in Qatar.

1Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKALEX1'58.655
2Marco BezzecchiITASKY Racing Team VR46KALEX+0.013s
3Remy GardnerAUSRed Bull KTM AjoKALEX+0.048s
4Jake DixonGBRPetronas Sprinta RacingKALEX+0.182s
5Xavi ViergeSPAPetronas Sprinta RacingKALEX+0.216s
6Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina Mandalika SAG TeamKALEX+0.249s
7Nicolò BulegaITAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2KALEX+0.320s
8Raul FernandezSPARed Bull KTM AjoKALEX+0.375s
9Albert ArenasSPAAspar TeamBOSCOSCURO+0.427s
10Aron CanetSPAAspar TeamBOSCOSCURO+0.550s
11Stefano ManziITAPons HP 40KALEX+0.676s
12Ai OguraJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKALEX+0.679s
13Cameron BeaubierUSAAmerican RacingKALEX+0.695s
14Joe RobertsUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKALEX+0.706s
15Marcel SchrotterGERLiqui Moly Intact GPKALEX+0.818s
16Tony ArbolinoITALiqui Moly Intact GPKALEX+0.858s
17Jorge NavarroSPASpeed Up RacingBOSCOSCURO+0.861s
18Fabio Di GiannantonioITAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2KALEX+0.866s
19Hector GarzoSPAPons HP 40KALEX+0.881s
20Thomas LuthiSWIPertamina Mandalika SAG TeamKALEX+1.003s
21Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKALEX+1.021s
22Marcos RamirezSPAAmerican RacingKALEX+1.048s
23Lorenzo BaldassarriITAMV Agusta Forward RacingMV AGUSTA+1.076s
24Augusto FernandezSPAElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKALEX+1.084s
25Celestino ViettiITASKY Racing Team VR46KALEX+1.253s
26Lorenzo Dalla PortaITAItaltrans Racing TeamKALEX+1.314s
27Yari MontellaITASpeed Up RacingBOSCOSCURO+1.505s
28Simone CorsiITAMV Agusta Forward RacingMV AGUSTA+1.681s
29Barry BaltusBELNTS RW Racing GPNTS+1.848s
30Hafizh SyahrinMALNTS RW Racing GPNTS+2.218s

Combined times from the Official Moto3 testing in Qatar. 

1Jaume MasiaSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM2'04.263
2Pedro AcostaSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM+0.306s
3Dennis FoggiaITALeopard RacingHONDA+0.440s
4Izan GuevaraSPAAspar Team Moto3GAS GAS+0.455s
5Gabriel RodrigoARGIndonesian Racing Gresini Moto3HONDA+0.527s
6John McPheeGBRPetronas Sprinta RacingHONDA+0.624s
7Jeremy AlcobaSPAIndonesian Racing Gresini Moto3HONDA+0.665s
8Romano FenatiITASterilgarda Max Racing TeamHUSQVARNA+0.840s
9Filip SalacCZERivacold Snipers TeamHONDA+0.883s
10Darryn BinderRSAPetronas Sprinta RacingHONDA+0.885s
11Xavier ArtigasSPALeopard RacingHONDA+0.953s
12Jason DupasquierSWICarXpert PruestelGPKTM+0.962s
13Niccolò AntonelliITAAvintia Esponsorama Moto3KTM+1.034s
14Kaito TobaJPNCIP Green PowerKTM+1.058s
15Sergio GarciaSPAAspar Team Moto3GAS GAS+1.093s
16Ayumu SasakiJPNRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM+1.134s
17Stefano NepaITABOE OwlrideKTM+1.241s
18Andrea MignoITARivacold Snipers TeamHONDA+1.447s
19Ryusei YamanakaJPNCarXpert PruestelGPKTM+1.657s
20Carlos TataySPAAvintia Esponsorama Moto3KTM+1.665s
21Lorenzo FellonFRASIC58 Squadra CorseHONDA+1.684s
22Deniz ÖncüTURRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM+1.753s
23Maximilian KoflerAUTCIP Green PowerKTM+2.218s
24Yuki KuniiJPNHonda Team AsiaHONDA+2.225s
25Riccardo RossiITABOE OwlrideKTM+2.436s
26Andi Farid IzdiharINAHonda Team AsiaHONDA+2.747s
27Adrian FernandezSPASterilgarda Max Racing TeamHUSQVARNA+2.757s
NCTatsuki SuzukiJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHONDA 

When is the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix? 

The MotoGP race in Qatar takes place this Sunday on March 28. Track action will begin on Friday March 26, for FP1 and FP2.  

How to follow the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix?

For UK and European viewers, clocks change from Saturday to Sunday, meaning the race will start an hour later. 

Moto3 is lights out at 17:00pm local time, Moto2 starts at 18:20pm Local time, and MotoGP gets underway at 20:00 local time. 

Thursday - March 25 (GMT+3)

14:00-14:45       Moto3                                       CLASS PHOTO               

14:45-15:20       Moto2                                       CLASS PHOTO               

15:20-16:15       MotoGP                                    CLASS PHOTO

17:00-17:45       MotoGP                                    PRESS CONFERENCE 

Friday - March 26 (GMT+3)

13:50-14:30       Moto3                                        FP1               

14:45-15:25       Moto2                                        FP1               

15:40-16:25       MotoGP                                     FP1

18:10-18:50       Moto3                                        FP2               

19:05-19:45       Moto2                                        FP2                              

20:00-20:45       MotoGP                                     FP2 

Saturday - March 27 (GMT+3)

13:25-14:05       Moto3                                         FP3              

14:20-15:00       Moto2                                         FP3                            

15:15-16:00       MotoGP                                      FP3                            

17:30-17:45       Moto3                                         Q1  

17:55-18:10       Moto3                                         Q2       

18:25-18:40       Moto2                                         Q1              

18:50-19:05       Moto2                                         Q2                   

19:20-19:50       MotoGP                                      FP4                   

20:00-20:15       MotoGP                                      Q1

20:25-20:40       MotoGP                                      Q2 

Sunday - March 28 (GMT+3)

14:40-15:00        Moto3                                       WARM-UP               

15:10-15:30        Moto2                                       WARM-UP               

15:40-16:00        MotoGP                                    WARM-UP                                  

17:00                   Moto3                                       RACE (18 laps)                     

18:20                   Moto2                                       RACE (20 laps)                      

20:00                   MotoGP                                    RACE (22 laps) 

Besides TV coverage, will keep you up to date will live commentary from Friday-Sunday of every session.

Follow for the latest news, analysis and paddock reaction. 

Recent MotoGP Grand Prix winners in Qatar

2020: Not held

2019: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)

2018: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)

2017: Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)

2016: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

2015: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)

2014: Marc Marquez (Honda)

2013: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

2012: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

2011: Casey Stoner (Honda)

2010: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)

2021 MotoGP Calendar

Qatar - March 28

Doha (Qatar) - April 4

Portimao, Portugal - April 18

Jerez, Spain - May 2

Le Mans, France - May 16

Mugello, Italy - May 30

Catalunya, Spain - June 6

Sachsenring, Germany - June 20

Assen, Netherlands - June 27

KymiRing, Finland - July 11

Red Bull Ring, Austria - August 15

Silverstone, Great Britain - August 29

Aragon, Spain - September 12

Misano, Italy - September 19

Motegi, Japan - October 3 

Buriram, Thailand - October 10

Philip Island, Australia - October 24

Sepang, Malaysia - October 31

Valencia, Spain - Novermber 14

PPD Argentina

PPD United States