Last Updated on April 5, 2021 by Gaia Zol
21 races, 22 riders, and one world title. It’s time to warm up the engines for the MotoGP 2021.
Intro to the sport
The official name is: Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The inaugural season took place in 1949 with the first title going to Lancaster Bomber pilot, Leslie Graham. It included four categories: 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, and 500cc bikes. For the next 25 years, Italian manufacturers dominated. Especially thanks to MV Agusta and Gilera.
By 1961, an innovation swept over the world of motorcycle racing. Indeed, it’s the two-stroke engine that produced 200bhp. The engineer behind this concept (Ernst Degner) joined the Suzuki team. Hence, the Japanese manufacturers starting working towards success. In fact, in 1966 Honda won the 500cc MotoGP. For the next decades, Japanese bikes dominated.
Then, a few changes happened. Including the arrival of Valentino Rossi. Furthermore, four-stroke engines replaced the two-stroke ones and the name MotoGP was born. That’s when the size of premier class MotoGP bikes increased to 990cc.
And this brings us to this year’s championship. And there’s tons of battles to fight.
Welcome to MotoGP 2021
The first race takes place on March, 28th, in Qatar. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s new for 2021
Firstly, the eight-time world champion Marc Marquez won’t participate in the first two races. Last season, he had a serious accident and the doctors didn’t clear him for racing. Rider Stefan Bradl is supposed to be the substitute.
A big question mark is Andrea Dovizioso, who had a difficult divorce with Ducati. He’s expected to join the MotoGP 2021 later on in the season, onboard the Aprilia. And, finally, the Doctor. Despite the difficulties of the past, Valentino Rossi hasn’t given up on Yamaha. His 2021 motorcycle looks fast and Rossi is positive.
Will 2021 be his year, finally? Only time will tell.
MotoGP, the races and results
This year, Life in Italy will follow the racing championship. Find out all the news and updates below. It’s time to have fun. We are also following the Formula 1 championship here.
Second race: Doha
Two Frenchmen on the podium: first Quartararo and second Zarco. Martin completes the top three. Another unlucky race for Valentino Rossi, who ended up 16th. Bagnaia ended the race 6th, the best among all Italian riders.
First race: Qatar
Vinales take the win onboard his Yamaha, while the two Ducati of Zarco and Bagnaia complete the podium. Rossi, unfortunately, only 12th.