Barcelona Circuit Renews Contract As MotoGP Shifts Focus Out Of Spain

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has extended its contract with Dorna for another five years. However, like the contract signed last year with the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, the contract does not guarantee a round of MotoGP for every year of the contract.

Instead, both Barcelona and Valencia have signed up to host three races between 2022 and 2026. With both circuits on the provisional 2022 calendar, that means that they will get two more races between 2023 and 2026. In addition, Barcelona will hold at least two rounds of WorldSBK between 2023 and 2026.

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MotoGP To Switch To 100% Non-Fossil Fuels By 2027

MotoGP is to follow in the footsteps of Formula 1 and switch to sustainable fuels. From 2024, 40% of fuel used in the MotoGP class must be obtained from sustainable sources - either synthetically produced using sustainable energy or from non-food biomass - and from 2027, all fuel used in all three grand prix classes, Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP, will be of non-fossil origin.

The idea behind the switch is in part leveraging the function of racing as a research and development platform, and in part bowing to the inevitable. As the world faces a global climate crisis, a switch away from extracting carbon stored underground and pumping it into the atmosphere is needed to manage CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

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Valencia Moto2 & Moto3 Review: Neil Morrison Winners And Losers, At Cheste And In 2021

After a dramatic finale in Valencia, we look at the big winners and losers from the final race and indeed the 2021 season as a whole.


Aki Ajo

It’s quite the feat to manage two world champions in the same year. And quite another to have team-mates fighting for one of those gongs, as Aki Ajo did with Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez in the Moto2 class. But it wasn’t just about the Finn’s eye for rider selection. Up to the final round, the battling team-mates remained respectful without tensions ever bubbling over.

During the final round, Fernandez attempted to unsettle his elder team-mate. He hovered around Gardner in free practice, passing, sitting up, watching from behind. Even in the race, the Spaniard slowed the pace to make the Australian’s life difficult, back in the pack.

For this, Ajo has to take great credit. As Massimo Branchini, Gardner’s crew chief testified, “Inside of the box we don’t want fighting. Aki’s so strong about this. We have two riders that use their heads, and don’t create tension. We go to eat together. Everything is shared. Both guys are very clever about this.”

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2021 Valencia Moto3 FP3 Result: Öncü In The Good Sort Of Spotlight

Saturday morning was a more welcoming proposition for the lightweight class, with a fully dry track surface, although the cool conditions saw pretty slow progress on the timesheets. Only a handful of riders had managed to go any quicker than Friday until the final handful of minutes, when the shootout for the top 14 got underway. Back from a two-race suspension, Deniz Öncü returned in style, taking top spot in FP3 by a tenth of a second from newly crowned champion Pedro Acosta.

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2021 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Foggia Robs Kelso

After the surprise rainfall for FP1 in Valencia, conditions improved for FP2, although the damp track made for a slow start, with only a dozen riders on the timing screens with 10 minutes left of the session. The track got a lot busies in the end and although slick tyres made their appearance, times were way off the pace and Izan Guevara’s FP1 time remained the fastest of the day. Dennis Foggia did speed up for his final flying lap to grab top spot in the session from replacement rider Joel Kelso, dropping Filip Salac to third.

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