MotoGP released the final version of its 2021 calendar this Saturday and, little by little, next season’s calendar is also taking shape. The organizers of the Grand Prix de France have announced that their event will be held on the weekend of May 13, 14 and 15, 2022, on the traditional date.
The Le Mans circuit is not the first to announce the date of its race for the 2022 season. We already know that it will start as tradition dictates with the Qatar Grand Prix, organized from March 4 to 6. The event will thus return to its usual date, three weeks earlier than this year. In the height of summer, Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring plan to reverse their dates. The British Grand Prix is scheduled for August 5-7, while the Austrian Grand Prix will be held two weeks later, August 19-21.
La Dorna had hoped for a calendar of 20 dates this year but there will be only 18 due to the difficulties posed by the pandemic. The number of Grands Prix should increase in 2022. Two new events are already expected on the KymiRing in Finland, a race scheduled since 2020 but canceled two years consecutively due to the health crisis, and in Indonesia on the Mandalika circuit, which will be also the scene of the last pre-season tests.
These tests will start on the Sepang circuit and no session will be organized at Losail, unlike in recent years. The teams will be able to start their preparation during a test organized in Jerez just after the end of the 2021 season.
The only circuit on the calendar this year that should disappear is Portimão, integrated late to compensate for the multiple cancellations caused by COVID-19. Travel to Argentina, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and Australia should make their first appearance since the 2019 season, if the health situation allows.