Grand Prix of Qatar - Losail International Circuit - 6 March
The 2022 season kicks off with a modern classic in the Losail International Circuit. Located around 30km outside Doha, this circuit was opened in October 2004 at the first Grand Prix of Qatar. It also featured as a season opener in 2007, and in 2008 it hosted the first floodlit Grand Prix races in the history of the MotoGP World Championship.
Situated between desert and sea, the unique location can provide some extreme weather conditions such as torrential downpours or high wind sandstorms. Though these are rare, it can be common to find higher levels of condensation and higher levels of winds, which makes for a challenging event, and an excellent choice for a season opener.
Indonesian Grand Prix - Mandalika International Street Circuit - 20 March
After an unfortunate cancellation during last season’s championship, the 23, now 24 year absence of the famed Indonesian Grand Prix will finally return to the MotoGP Championships. The circuit, which is located on the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tengarra, was under construction since 2015 and opened this year for the Asia Talent Cup.
Gran Premio de la República Argentina - Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo - 3 April
This was also an event that was cancelled during last year’s championship. The Termas de Rio was inaugurated into MotoGP in 2014, and featured in all subsequent competitions until 2019. This ground is a favourite of Marc Marquez, who has won here 4 times out of a total 6 championships held here.
Further tragedy struck this year when the stadium was hit by a huge fire that damaged most of the paddock and pit area. Thankfully no human casualties were recorded, and now the circuit has been restored.
Grand Prix of The Americas - Circuit of the Americas - 10 April
In 2013, the Circuit of the Americas was opened, in Austin Texas. The US has a longstanding love for motor sports, with the likes of Daytona, Talladega and Indianapolis, so it was no surprise that the Hermann Tilke designed, 5.5km long circuit became a fan favourite, with a possibility to seat up to 120,000 people.
Grande Prémio de Portugal - Algarve International Circuit - 24 April
The picturesque mountains and valleys of Portugal’s Algarve are the ideal setting for the Portuguese Grand Prix. The Circuit, which has a capacity of 100,000 is known colloquially as Portimao after the Port city. The track was opened in 2008 for the World Superbikes Championship, but it is far from just a racetrack, featuring a go-kart track, a hotel, technology park, sport complex and an off-road park, all sitting on top of the rocky mountains with views over the valleys and to the sea.
For MotoGP riders, it offers winding crests of varying difficulty, as well as uphill and downhill straightways that make for dramatic manoeuvres, providing for a thrilling high-speed rollercoaster of a track.
Gran Premio de España - Circuito de Jerez - 1 May
One of the longstanding Grand Prix’s in MotoGP, the Andalusian Circuit was opened in 1986, and the following year held its first Grand Prix. The Circuit has been in the MotoGP calendar ever since. This is a great event to visit for the crowds of fans, the event is purposely put in early May to avoid the risk of rainfall.
Grand Prix de France - Circuit Bugatti - 15 May
The French Grand Prix is hosted in the city of Le Mans, famous for being the host of one of the very first Grand Prix’s in 1906. The Bugatti Circuit was opened in 1965, and since 2000 has been a permanent calendar event in MotoGP Championships. It is home to some legends of the sport throughout the ages such as Johann Zarco, Olivier Jacque, Christian Sarron and Jean-Louis Tournadre.
Gran Premio d’Italia - Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello - 29 May
Tuscan Circuit Mugello hosted its first Grand Prix in 1976. Similarly to the Portimao, this circuit is also very much embedded in the local landscape, with rising straightways and dips that lead to downhill tracks.
The Italians have a great affinity for motor racing, with some of the top MotoGP bikes coming from manufacturers such as Mondial, Ducati, Aprilia, Gerlli and Cagiva, and some of the local motor racing heroes such as Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini.
Gran Premi de Catalunya - Circuit de Barcelona - 5 June
The Catalonian Circuit has been in the MotoGP calendar since 1992, and has featured in all subsequent years. Located 24km north of Capital Barcelona, it attracts huge crowds during summer. This is the home venue where the likes of Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and the Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol all learned how to ply their trade.
Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Sachsenring - 19 June
Chemnitz, Germany has been a home to motor racing since the 1920’s. The Sachsenring was built in 1996, featuring a number of tight corners and a downhill plunger known as “The Waterfall”. This Circuit attracts huge crowds due to the high amount of technical skill needed on the track, and has been the breeding grounds for MotoGP winners Anton Mand, Rolf Waldmann and Stefan Bradl.
TT Assen - TT Circuit Assen - 26 June
The Dutch track is one of the most popular events in the season, proudly having hosted the Motorcycle World Championships every year since its opening in 1949. It is known as “the Cathedral” to motorsports.
Grand Prix of Finland - Kymi Ring - 10 July
The Kymi ring returns after a 39-year absence and it will be the inauguration of the new Finnish Grand Prix.
British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit - 7 August
The legendary Silverstone will host the British Grand Prix. No stranger to the sport, the first event was held in 1977. Many champions of the sport hail from the UK, such as Mike Hailwood, John Surtees and Barry Sheene.
Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich - Red Bull Ring - 21 August
Inaugurated in 1971, this track was taken off the MotoGP calendar in 1995 for being too dangerous. After a 19 year sabbatical, the track was reintroduced to the Competition as the “A1-Ring”, now it is called the Red Bull Ring. It is located in the beautiful mountainscape of the Murtal region of Styria.
Gran Premio di San Marino - Misano World CIrcuit Marco Simoncelli - 4 September
Named after the late Italian Marco Simoncelli, this Grand Prix circuit was opened in 1980. In 2007 it became a permanent event in the MotoGP roster, after receiving a complete remodelling. It is second only to the Mugello Circuit in Italy.
Gran Premio de Aragón - Motorland Aragón - 18 September
Spanish local Marc Marquez holds the most wins in MotoGP at 5 in this Grand Prix. The Circuit, which is located near to the medieval town of Alcaniz, was opened in 2009, with cutting edge technology that sharply contrasts the old architecture in the town.
Grand Prix of Japan - Twin Ring Motegi - 25 September
The Japanese Grand Prix, and the following 3 events were all cancelled from last season's MotoGP Championship. The Twin Ring Motegi is an oval course with tight turns. In addition to hosting motorcycle racing, it is also known to hold NASCAR exhibition events.
Thailand Grand Prix - Buriram International Circuit - 2 October
The latest circuit to be built on this list, the Buriram International Circuit held its first event in 2018, and a second one in 2019 before the pandemic. Both of these were won by Marc Marquez.
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit - 16 October
Phillip Island has been hosting motor races since 1928. The modern circuit was opened in 1988, hosting many Australian Car and Motorbike events, in addition to the MotoGP. Located near Ventnor on Phillip Island, Victoria; it provides large winds and a great amount of sun, but with beautiful views of the ocean, making for a favourite with travelling fans.
Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix - Sepang International Circuit - 23 October
Located close to Capital city Kuala Lumpur, this circuit hosts Formula One events as well as Motorcycle Grand Prixes. Also designed by the famous Hermann Tilke, it was constructed in 1999. It features a number of wide straights and sweeping corners.
Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana - Circuit Ricardo Tormo - 6 November
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo has been held every year since 1999, the same year as when the Valencia Grand Prix was opened. The circuit of the grand finale is surrounded by stadium-style stands, which allow the fans to celebrate the season climax in an annual MotoGP Fiesta. There is perhaps no better way to celebrate the end of a season than in Spain, the home to some of the biggest heroes in the history of motorcycle racing.