MotoGP embarks on a 21 round calendar in 2022, which sees the addition of new tracks in Finland and Indonesia, plus the return of old favourites. Here’s where MotoGP will visit during its 2022 season.
The 2022 MotoGP season begins with the Qatar Grand Prix at Losail International Circuit on March 6. The hotly anticipated season comes after Fabio Quartararo secured his maiden title in a highly impressive 2021 season.
14 riders on the 2022 grid have claimed a World Championship at some point in their career – the most ever on a full-time entry list. Alongside reigning champion Quartararo, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir have taken the MotoGP crown. The premier class will be supported by Moto2 and Moto3 at every race on the 2022 calendar.
Two new circuits
There are two brand new circuits on the MotoGP calendar in 2022, hosting the long-anticipated returns of the Indonesian and Finnish Grands Prix.
Indonesia is back on the schedule for the first time in 24 years. The Sentul International Circuit hosted the event in 1996 and 1997 before being dropped from the calendar due to the Asian financial crisis. The Indonesian Grand Prix returns as the second race of the season at the new Mandalika International Street Circuit located on Lombok Island, east of Bali.
The last race before the summer break will be the Finnish Grand Prix, held at the new Kymi Ring venue, which opened in 2019. The event last appeared on the calendar in 1982, when it took place at the Tampere Circuit. It was scheduled to appear in both 2020 and 2021 but the coronavirus pandemic thwarted those plans.
Argentina, Japan, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia are all scheduled to return in 2022 following enforced two-year absences brought about by the pandemic. The Argentine Grand Prix will be the first of the returning venues, hosting the third round of the season at Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo on April 3.
The other four returning venues feature at the back end of the calendar, hosting four of the final five races of the year. Twin Ring Motegi returns for the Japanese Grand Prix on September 25, while the Thai Grand Prix takes place one week later at Chang International Circuit. Another double header in Australia and Malaysia two weeks later sees Phillip Island and Sepang International Circuit make their comebacks.
The 2022 MotoGP calendar
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