The wait for six years ended when El Diablo was ordained as a champion at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was the fall of Francesco Bagnaia that paved Quartararo’s path to the championship ladder.
This season’s title is the first for the Iwata squad after being last claimed by Jorge Lorenzo in 2015, and Quartararo also made history as rider The first French to win the world in the MotoGP era.
MotoGP 2021 also marks the final chapter of the journey of nine-time world champion and legend Valentino Rossi. The racer nicknamed carved an extraordinary career for 26 years.
Then, there is the moment of Marc Marquez comeback after recovering from a broken right arm. He managed to achieve three victories. But unfortunately, a mild concussion forced him to finish the championship early.
13 – KTM has finally officially announced a contract extension with Dorna Sports. The Austrian manufacturer will continue to be on the MotoGP grid for the next five years.
20 – Dorna Sports and Ducati have reached a new agreement by ensuring the team based in Borgo Panigale, Italy remains in MotoGP until 2026.
22 – MotoGP has released a 2021 calendar update. A total of 20 races will be held this season, but the Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia is still in reserve status.
5 – A huge fire engulfs the Argentine MotoGP venue. The fire scorched most of the area at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit. The pit area and the top floor, where is the location media centre and VIP rooms, were the most affected by the incident.
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) will remain in the MotoGP world championship until the end of 2026, having signed a new five-year contract with Dorna Sports.
15 – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has officially signed a new contract with Dorna Sports to continue to commit to MotoGP until 2026.
28 – Maverick Vinales managed to bring Yamaha to the highest podium of the Qatar MotoGP, as well as stop Ducati’s winning trend since 2018 at the Losail International Circuit.
FIM and Dorna Sports during a visit to the Mandalika Circuit.
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7 – Dorna Sports and the International Motorcycle Racing Federation (FIM) visited the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
20 – Suzuki became the fifth manufacturer to declare its commitment to stay in MotoGP for the next five seasons.
29 – MotoGP will continue to run with six manufacturers from the 2022 to 2026 season, after Aprilia extended a new deal with promoter Dorna Sports.
2 – Four factory-spec RC16 motorcycles confirmed to be in grid Grand Prix world championship, following the renewal of the contract between KTM and the Tech3 squad for the next five years.
27 – Pramac Racing will continue to work closely with Ducati as a satellite team for MotoGP 2022, 2023 and 2024.
14 – Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed that the Finnish Grand Prix will not host MotoGP, and will be replaced by the Styria series at the Red Bull Ring.
1 – MotoGP rider Brad Binder will continue to strengthen the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the next three seasons, or until the end of 2024.
2 – After six seasons in the Moto2 class, Remy Gardner was officially promoted to MotoGP in 2022. The racer will strengthen Tech3 KTM Factory Racing.
3 – Exactly a week after the new agreement with Ducati, Pramac Racing renewed the contracts of Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin for next season.
5 – For the fifth time in a row, Fabio Quartararo won pole position. This time, in the Catalunya MotoGP qualifying.
6 – Quartararo was given an additional 3 seconds of time penalty, for riding in an open racing suit and not wearing a chest protector during the Catalunya MotoGP race.
20 – The heroic comeback shown by Marc Marquez at the German MotoGP. The Honda racer continued his winning streak at the Sachsenring to 11 in a row.
17 – Gresini Racing has officially announced a partnership with Ducati starting in MotoGP 2022. Fabio Di Giannantonio is promoted to the premier class, and will become Enea Bastianini’s teammate.
23 – Yamaha has officially appointed Garrett Gerloff as a replacement for Franco Morbidelli at Assen. The WSBK racer will race for Petronas SRT, after Toprak Razgatlioglu refused to appear.
Had experienced a delay, now the United States is officially confirmed to be holding MotoGP on 1-3 October. Circuit of The Americas (COTA) replaces the host of the Japanese Grand Prix, Twin Ring Motegi.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, celebrates his 11th consecutive victory at the German MotoGP at the Sachenring Circuit.
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6 – The Australian Grand Prix, for Formula 1 and MotoGP, was officially canceled in the 2021 season. The world health crisis due to the global Covid-19 pandemic was the main cause.
8 – The long collaboration between Gresini Racing and Federal Oil continues in the premier class for the 2022 season. The giant Indonesian motorcycle lubricant industry will be one of the team’s sponsors next year.
21 – Another MotoGP race canceled. Thailand follows in the footsteps of Finland, Japan and Australia, who were unable to host the world championship Grand Prix this season.
5 – Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi announced he would hang up his helmet at an ‘incredible’ press conference held at the Red Bull Ring Circuit, Austria.
7 – Jorge Martin snatch pole position MotoGP Styria at the Red Bull Ring Circuit, Austria, after being the fastest in the qualifying session.
Raul Fernandez will become Remy Gardner’s teammate again after signing a contract with Tech3 KTM Factory Racing for the 2022 MotoGP.
8 – Rider Pramac Racing satellite, Jorge Martin, recorded a historic victory in the Styria MotoGP which was marked by the accidents of Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Savadori at the Red Bull Ring Circuit, Austria.
12 – A surprising decision was made by Yamaha ahead of the Austrian MotoGP round. The tuning fork manufacturer pulled out Maverick Vinales in this weekend’s race.
16 – After the last few weeks it was rumored that Maverick Vinales would move to Aprilia, finally Top Gun was officially announced as the new Noale factory racer.
18 – Happy news comes from Valentino Rossi. The MotoGP star announced the gender of his future baby with his lover, Francesca Sofia Novello.
19 – The Covid-19 pandemic has again impacted the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang. Instead, two races will be held at the Misano Circuit, San Marino.
20 – Yamaha has decided to terminate Maverick Vinales’ contract early. Top Gun will no longer be a tuning fork manufacturer until the end of the 2021 MotoGP season.
Petronas SRT has officially announced Moto2 rider Jake Dixon will replace Franco Morbidelli at Silverstone.
28 – Pol Espargaro has claimed pole position for the first time as a Repsol Honda rider in the British MotoGP qualifier at Silverstone.
29 – Fabio Quartararo appeared dominant throughout the British GP race, which was also decorated with the historical record of Aleix Espargaro’s success in bringing Aprilia to the third podium.
The Dani Pedrosa accident that caused the burning of Lorenzo Savadori’s motorbike at the 2021 Styria MotoGP.
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1 – Aprilia has officially announced that Maverick Vinales will be competing in the Aragon Grand Prix round on 12 September.
11 – The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports confirm the cancellation of the Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit for reasons force majeure.
16 – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., has finally officially announced the recruitment of Franco Morbidelli as a factory rider for the remainder of the 2021 season, as well as the 2022 and 2023 MotoGP.
Less than a season off, Andrea Dovizioso is certain to make a comeback to MotoGP this year. He will strengthen Petronas SRT after officially signing a contract with Yamaha.
7 – Dorna Sports has officially released the MotoGP 2022 provisional calendar. Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit is scheduled to hold the Indonesian Grand Prix on March 20 next season.
21 – Yamaha will supply the YZR-M1 motorcycle for the RNF MotoGP Team next season. Both parties have the option of contract extension in 2023 and 2024.
Moto3 racer from South Africa, Darryn Binder, will move up to MotoGP with RNF Racing in 2022.
24 – Fabio Quartararo claims the 2021 MotoGP title despite only finishing P4. The reason, the main rival, Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia accident. While Repsol Honda for the first time this season won the podium 1-2.
26 – Iker Lecuona officially strengthens Team HRC in World Superbike (WSBK) 2022. Spaniard will be the tandem of Xavi Vierge, who was eliminated from Moto2.
2 – Marc Marquez will not participate in the Algarve MotoGP round. The Repsol Honda Team racer suffers a mild concussion after an accident during practice off-road.
9 – The Repsol Honda Team again had to lose its flagship racer, Marc Marquez, who did not get permission from the doctor to race in the final series of the Valencia MotoGP.
10 – Danilo Petrucci officially participates in the 2022 Dakar Rally, with Tech3 KTM Factory Racing. Petrux picked up the dream of appearing in that dangerous racing event.
14 – Francesco Bagnaia won the final round of the Valencia Grand Prix, which was also Valentino Rossi’s last race in MotoGP.
Bagnaia’s slick achievement was also Ducati’s fourth win in the premier class at the Valencia GP after previously being recorded by Troy Bayliss (2006), Casey Stoner (2008), and Andrea Dovizioso (2018).
The manufacturer Borgo Panigale also swept the podium (lockout) MotoGP Valencia after teammate Jack Miller managed to secure P3. Meanwhile, debutant Jorge Martin was named Rookie of The Year.
25 – KTM Factory Racing has announced that Mike Leitner will no longer be Team Manager.
1 – One week after confirming the separation from Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing officially appointed Francesco Guidotti to the position of Team Manager.
6 – The pair Valentino Rossi and Luca Marini won the highest podium in the seventh edition of the La 100 Km dei Campioni, after defeating Elia Bartolini-Stefano Manzi and Mattia Pasini-Lorenzo Baldassarri.
9 – MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi was caught testing the Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia.
26 – Pramac Racing has announced Claudio Calabresi as Team Manager for the 2022 MotoGP, replacing Francesco Guidotti who moved to KTM.
30 – The saga involving Saudi Arabia’s oil companies is over. Aramco will not sponsor the VR46 Racing Team, instead Mooney will replace it.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, waves to fans after his final MotoGP race in the 2021 Valencia Grand Prix finals.
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