Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati, left) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) activating their start device on her Ducati GP-21 shortly before the start of the second Grand Prix race of the season in Qatar. The Australian was the most popular favorite before the start of the season, but the French rider on the customer bike was twice the best Ducati rider in Losail after that.

The 2nd Corona-Season of MotoGP in 2021

Because the FIM and Dorna had set up a completely unfamiliar calendar, which at first glance looked as if the corona pandemic had never happened, changes inevitably came afterwards. Over the course of the months, wild MotoGP and WorldSBK laps were canceled and new dates and routes were found to replace them. By May there had been a total of around 10 changes and even the MotoGP tests in Sepang had to be canceled shortly before that. It had been utter madness to plan the official tests just like in Malaysia and Qatar. Afterwards there were some losers from this planning chaos and in MotoGP it was primarily the rookies and all drivers with a team change such as Danilo Petrucci (from Ducati to Tech 3 KTM) and Pol Espargaró (from KTM to Repsol Honda). Instead of the usual 12 test days, in the end they only had around a third of this eminently important preparation, which made the season extremely difficult for them, especially after the start in Losail. The following is the combined calendar as of the end of May and the resulting overlap of the two series at MotoGP in red letters.

There should be other changes, as it turned out during the course of the season and races like BuriRam and Motegi disappeared from the calendar, as was to be expected early on.

Sunday, March 28th – the 1st GP in Losail:
Review of the 1st GP:
Look back of the MotoGP round 1:
Review Moto2 round 1:
Review Moto3 round 1:

Sunday, April 4th & 2nd GP in Losail:
Review of the 2nd GP:
Look back of the 2nd GP:
Review of the Moto2 round 2:
Review of the Moto3 round 2:

MotoGP interim ranking after Qatar with the situation regarding the calendar still unclear due to the corona pandemic.

The return of Marc Marquez after a 9-month hiatus

Sunday April 18th, Portuguese GP:
Review of the 3rd GP:
MotoGP Round 3 winner & loser:
Senseless Marquez hype:
Review Moto2 & 3 round 3:

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) on all fours in the gravel in front of his completely destroyed RC213V – a symbolic image on Saturday morning before the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera. The critical voices who are of the opinion that he came back too early are increasing.

Sunday May 2nd, Spanish GP:
Review of the 4th GP:
Afjter the 1st fifth:
Jerez follow-up:
The Marquez debacle:

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) in front of the Le Mans Paddock – the local hero took pole position with a terrific ride on Saturday, but if it rains the young man from Nice is more of an outsider for the race on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday 16 May, French GP:
Review of the 5th GP:
Key figures from Le Mans:
Review Moto2 round 5:
Review Moto3 round 5:

MotoGP Team and Constructor standing after Le Mans.

Sunday May 30th, Italian GP (Mugello)
Review of the 6th GP:
MotoGP Italy in numbers:
Review Moto2 round 6:
Review Moto3 round 6:

The world championship at a glance in all 3 classes to Mugello.

Sunday 6 June, Catalonia GP:
Review of the 7th GP:
The Marquez threat:
Review Moto2 Round 7:
The Barcelona chaos:

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) in the gravel bed – the 2019 world champion in his fourth race crash after his comeback, this time even in front of a home crowd. He long ago lost the aura of invincibility.
The situation in the world championship after round 7 in Montmeló with Marc Marquez in position 18 and a subterranean low point average (see right column). With only 16 points from 5 races, none of his opponents need to fear him anymore.

Sachsenring Qualifying:
Sunday, June 20th, GP of Germany:
Balance sheet of the 8th GP:
Review Moto2 round 8:
Review Moto3 round 8:
Lock back MotoGP Round 8:

Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) and behind him with the number 20 his French compatriot Fabio Quartararo started the race from the front row. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider made it onto the podium in the race, defending his championship lead from the number 5 man from Cannes.

Assen Qualifying:
Sunday, June 27th, Dutch GP:
Look back of the 9th GP:
Review Moto2 round 9:
Review Moto3 round 9:

View of Turn 1 from the Haarbocht Lounge, which is named after the name of this curve from Assen. The pleasure is not cheap, but drinks and snacks are included in the price.

Round 10 in Spielberg instead of Finland as planned

Sunday, August 8th, GP of Styria:
Review of the 10th GP:
Marquez status after Round 10:
Review Moto2 lap 10:
Review Moto3 round 10:

As in the year before in the first race, there was again a crash with red flags at the Red Bull Ring and this pretty much at the point where Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales from the rubble of the bikes of Zarco and Morbidelli in August 2020 were almost killed.

Intermediate stand for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 at a glance

Spielberg 2 Qualifying:
Sunday, August 15th, Austrian GP:
Moto2 race 11 of 2021:
Moto3 GP Austria:
Review MotoGP Round 11:
GP of Austria aftermath:

Valentino Rossi says goodbye to his fans after his last appearance in Spielberg – it is to be hoped that the number of those who have captured an unloved souvenir among all the other people do not grow immeasurably.

Silverstone Qualifying:
MotoGP Grand Prix of England:
Moto2 round 12:
Moto3 race:
Look back GP of England:

Probably the most stupid and ruthless action so far by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who deliberately drove his Spanish compatriot into the line, which had to lead to a collision between the two. Both crashed, and the fact that the 6-time MotoGP World Champion was not punished for his wrongdoing was not understood at all by commentators like former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann.

The Silverstone scandal:

The world championship in all classes shows three clear leaders after round 12, who lead the intermediate ranking with a clear gap on their pursuers, before it continues in Aragon two weeks after the British GP.

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