2019 MotoGP Calendar

Lamb-Stephen
By Steve Lamb

Production Manager - Still considers himself a novice rider, despite passing his test over twenty years ago. Steve has only ever owned four bikes - a '95 Suzuki GSX600F (which he dropped in the first minute of ownership), an '04 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and currently a '16 Ducati Scrambler Classic, as well as (very slowly) building a '94 Yamaha SR125 'brat tracker'.

2019 MotoGP Calendar

 

After a well-earned winter break the 2019 MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar over the weekend of 8th – 10th March 2019 with a much-changed line up of riders and teams across all classes.

 

What has changed in MotoGP?

With the retirement of Dani Pedrosa, after an amazing thirteen years in the top class, Jorge Lorenzo moves to his third team in four years, joining five times, and reigning, World Champion Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda.

Danilo Petrucci takes a promotion to the works Ducati team alongside last year's runner up Andrea Dovizioso while Johann Zarco moves from Tech3 Yamaha to Red Bull KTM.

Can Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi finally achieve his personal goal of a tenth top class championship?

A quartet of rookies – Fabio Quartararo, former Moto3 World Champion Joan Mir, current Moto2 Champion Francesco (Peco) Bagnaia and 2018's Moto2 runner-up Miguel Olivera – add some new and exciting blood to the class, while Cal Crutchlow defends Britain's pride single-handedly after Scott Redding's move to BSB and Bradley Smith's move to the new MotoE championship.

 

Who has moved to Moto2?

With the introduction of new Triumph 765cc three-cylinder engines in place of the outgoing Honda 600cc fours, the Moto2 season promises to be closer and more exciting than ever before.

After a disappointing year in MotoGP, Swiss Thomas Luthi returns to Moto2 at Dunavolt Intact GP, while former Moto3 champion Jorge Martin, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Enea Bastianini and Marco Bezzecchi make the move upwards to the intermediate class. Britain is represented once again by Sam Lowes, who commences his second year since returning from MotoGP, and by Jake Dixon, starting his first full season in Moto2 after a wildcard ride at the 2017 British GP and a fantastic runners up spot, behind Leon Haslam, in BSB in 2018.

 

Who is new in Moto3?

Newcomers to the Moto3 class include Spain's Segio Garcia, Czech Filip Salac, Italian Ricardo Rossi, Japan's Ai Ogura and Britain's Tom Booth-amos. Moto3 also sees the return of controversial Italian rider Romano Fenati after his 'troublesome' season in Moto2. As always, the lower class promises to be fast and very furious with some of the closest and most exciting racing of all three classes.

 

What else has changed for the 2019 Season?

2019 sees the introduction of a new class - MotoE - using Moto Energica electric bikes. Britain's Bradley Smith topped the winter practice times against a vastly experienced line up including Randy De Puniet, Alex De Angelis, Sete Gibernau and Mike Di Meglio. Racing over five rounds, those meetings that include a MotoE round are marked below by (E). 

Finally, in a move that reflects the MotoGP qualifying session, Moto2 and Moto3 will also run a split qualifying system in which combined times across all three timed practice sessions determine placement in groups with the top ten (fourteen for Moto3) riders earning automatic entry to QP2, along with fastest two (four for Moto3) from QP1.

 

2019 MotoGP Calendar

 

2019 MotoGP Dates

Round 1

8th– 10th March 2019

Losail, Qatar

Round 2

29th– 31st March 2019

Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina

Round 3

12th– 14th April 2019

Circuit of the Americas, USA

Round 4

3rd– 5th May 2019

Jerez, Spain (E)

Round 5

17th– 19th May 2019

Le Mans, France (E)

Round 6

31st– 2nd June 2019

Mugello, Italy

Round 7

14th– 16th June 2019

Barcelona, Catalunya

Round 8

28th– 30th June 2019

Assen, Netherlands

Round 9

5th– 7th July 2019

Sachsenring, Germany (E)

Round 10

2nd– 4th August 2019

Brno, Czechia

Round 11

9th– 11th August 2019

Red Bull Ring, Austria (E)

Round 12

23rd – 25th August 2019

Silverstone, UK

Round 13

13th– 15th September 2019

Misano, Italy (E)

Round 14

20th– 22nd September 2019

Motorland Aragon, Spain

Round 15

4th– 6th October 2019

Burinam, Thailand

Round 16

18th– 20th October 2019

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

Round 17

25th– 27th October 2019

Philip Island, Australia

Round 18

1st– 3rd November 2019

Sepang, Malaysian

Round 19

15th– 17th November 2019

Valencia, Spain

 

For more information, results and rider profiles, go to www.motogp.com

 

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