MotoGP is to use digital Flag Panels for the rest of the 2021 season, starting at Portimao this weekend (pictured).

EM Motorsport will provide 22 panels that will travel the world with the MotoGP paddock. The enhanced visibility of the panels compared to a normal flag system means it will be easier to alert riders to any changes in the status of the circuit during track sessions (for example yellow or red flags).

Positions of the panels around each track will be determined by the FIM, to make sure that they are placed in the natural eyeline of the riders.

MotoGP will use a combination of the 'T1' and 'T2' panels, which differ in dimensions and performance, with the flagship T1s being used at long run-off areas and fast straights while T2s cover the rest of the circuit.

From 2022, it will be mandatory for circuits that host MotoGP to install the T1 panels permanently, in a joint safety move from the FIM and FIA. The introduction of the panels now will enable MotoGP and its circuits to become accustomed to the technology before the new regulations come in.

The Flag Panels will be controlled first and foremost by MotoGP's Race Control, enabling them to change the status of the entire circuit instantly if they wish.

Each panel also has a console that will be operated by a trackside marshal for localised yellow flags and sector incidents.

 

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar

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 (Race delayed until 'first part of 2022')Mandalika
  RussiaIgora Drive
2021 Pre-season Tests:
 5 MarchQatar Shakedown TestLosail
 6-7 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 10-12 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 

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