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Miguel Oliveira MotoGP race, Portuguese MotoGP. 22 November 2020 Credit: Tech3 KTM

The 2021 MotoGP calendar has been updated, with Portimao returning to the championship for a second year running.

The current situation regarding Covid-19 has forced MotoGP to amend its season calendar, with the year now beginning with two rounds in Qatar.

Both the Argentina and USA rounds have officially been postponed, with no confirmation yet on when they will fit in to the calendar.

It is likely the two rounds will return in the final quarter of the season, when the championship begins its flyaway races in the championship.

A race in Portimao has also been added to the calendar, with the Portuguese circuit kicking off the European leg of the year in April, hosting the third round of the campaign.

MotoGP’s return to Portugal will be good news to fans of the championship, after the Algarve track hosted an incredible race to end the 2020 season.

Qatar’s Losail International Circuit will now host two rounds in the championship, the first being the Grand Prix of Qatar, and the second being the Grand Prix of Doha.

The first race of the year will begin on March 28, with the second following a week after.

There are currently two reserve Grand Prix venues on hold for the year, the Igora Drive Circuit in Russia being one of them, and the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia being the other (subject to homologation).

MotoGP is also set to race in Finland for the first time, around the KymiRing, after its original 2020 race was cancelled due to the pandemic, like Indonesia, the circuit is subject to homologation.

Flyaway races for the 2021 season have been planned in Japan, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, however with the pandemic still at large, there may be some changes to this as the year continues.

After pre-season testing in Malaysia was cancelled, the year will now begin with testing in Qatar on March 6.

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