After a pair of back-to-back season-openers in Qatar, won by Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo, MotoGP has arrived back in Europe for this weekend's Portimao event.

The big news is that eight-time world champion Marc Marquez is making his return to MotoGP action, for the first time since last July, and will start today's race from sixth on the grid.

Marquez's arm will face a tough test over the 25-laps, which will begin with a front row of Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins and world championship leader Johann Zarco.

 Miguel Oliveira, Francesco Bagnaia and Maverick Vinales will have to fight their way through from the fourth row of the grid after accidents and penalties in qualifying - with Valentino Rossi starting just 17th...

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Marquez has been sidelined due to complications from a broken right arm, requiring a total of three operations, meaning he also he missed last November's inaugural Portimao round, dominated by home star Miguel Oliveira (KTM).

Oliveira is one of five riders to have become MotoGP race winners since Marquez's initial Jerez accident, including Suzuki's reigning world champion Joan Mir, but how will the rising stars measure-up against a recovering Marquez?

The MotoGP race day action begins with warm-up at 9:30 and then the race - between Moto3 and Moto3 - at 13:00 local time.

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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