The future circuits of the MotoGP World Championship

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The MotoGP calendar will include 20 races in 2021, and Dorna has announced that it is committed to a 22-race calendar in the near future. But, which circuits could these races be staged at?

The future circuits of the MotoGP World Championship


From 2000 to 2012, Portugal was part of the calendar, with the GP being held in Estoril. We also cannot forget the epic 125cc-category race that Marc Márquez took part in in 2010 on this historic track.

However, the circuit that is most likely to host the future Portuguese GP will be the Algarve International Circuit located north of Portimao, where the 2020 season ended.

This facility opened its doors in 2008, despite being designed in 2002. The plans were not presented until February 2008 and the circuit was built in a time period of only seven months.

It covers an area of 300 hectares and has space for more than 100 000 spectators, including a tower with space for 15 000 people.

Among the facilities we can find other tracks that can be enjoyed by other motorsports: go-karting, dirt tracking, and motocross. In addition, as to be expected from construction of this caliber, the complex has a luxury hotel, apartments, a restaurant, and work centres.

The main track is approved by the FIM for use in competition in motorcycling World Championship events and has already hosted WSBK races in the past, as well as various four-wheel competitions such as the WTCC, GP2, the Le Mans Series or the A1GP. In addition, it has been used as a test track for F1.

It is a 4700-metre clockwise track, with between 15 and 16 curves, most of them to the right, with a width of about 14 m.

Circuito de Portimao
Circuito de Portimao

Rio Motorpark

Brazil has seen its fair share of races over the course of the World Championship’s history. There, we experienced the thrill of securing two titles: the Crivillé title in 1999 and the first Rossi title for the Repsol Honda Team in 2002.

The new track proposed for the 2022 World Championship will be located in Deodoro, a neighbourhood to the west of Rio de Janeiro. The track will be 4.5-kilometres long and comprises a total of 13 curves, nine of which will be to the left and four to the right. Calculations yield a lap time of around a minute and forty seconds.

The complex could also house other facilities, such as a stadium, a conventions centre, and both dirt tracking and karting circuits.

Mandalika Circuit / Lombok – Indonesia

Indonesia has already hosted two motorcycling World Championship races. These were held in 1996 and 1997 at the Sentul track and, on both occasions, the Repsol Honda Team shone brightly, with a grand slam by Doohan in ’96 and a pole position in ’97, as well as a victory and fastest lap for Okada and a triple win for Doohan and Crivi.

The new GP track will be located south of the island of Lombok in Indonesia. The incorporation of this urban circuit to the MotoGP championship promises unparalleled thrills in terms of riding skills and in all aspects imaginable.

Its construction, among hills and beautiful beaches, will include a tourist complex that will offer a broad range of accommodation options next to the circuit. It will also offer entertainment areas, covering a total of 131 hectares. Its grandstand seating capacity will be 50 000 and it will be able to accommodate more than 130 000 spectators in other areas.

The temporary 4320-meter track will have 19 curves — 13 to the right and six to the left — and will trace a counter-clockwise trajectory. As a temporary track, when not being used for motor sport competitions, it will be used as part of the road network in the area.

Mandalika circuit
Mandalika circuit

Mandalika Circuit

Hermanos Rodríguez Racetrack / Mexico City

Though there were rumours surrounding the incorporation of this circuit this year, the date of a potential GP in Mexico has been postponed indefinitely, until the circuit has been adapted to meet the safety needs of the MotoGP championship.

With over 50 years of history, the Hermanos Rodríguez Racetrack has hosted motor sport events of the highest importance, such as F1, the Super Touring NASCAR and CART. Despite this, a series of problems led to the track’s closure.

Luckily, the circuit has been upgraded and, in August of 2015, its remodelling was completed. The racetrack was again able to host F1, the WEC and, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, it will be the stage of a MotoGP.

The 4304-meter track would doubtless offer quite the show, owing to its configuration. It comprises 17 curves — 10 to the right and seven to the left — and boasts an immense main straight of 1314 meters, which would make it the longest of the World Championship today.

The facility can house over 110 000 spectators and is located practically in the heart of the Mexican capital.

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

Hermanos Rodríguez racetrack

Sokol / Kazakhstan

The first great motor sports complex located in Kazakhstan. The project is already operational,with a speed racing track, a karting circuit, a hotel, and other recreational areas scattered across its more than 200 hectares of area.

The track, brainchild of the renowned Hermann Tilke, runs for 4495 meters, to be covered in a clockwise direction, and comprise 12 curves (eight to the right and four to the left), as well as three large straights, the longest over 1000-meters long.

MotoGP, WTCC, DTM and other championships are expected to stage races at this complex in future events.

Circuito de Sokol
Circuito de Sokol

Sokol Circuit

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