The 2022 MotoGP calendar will feature a total of 21 races, starting in Qatar on March 6th and finishing exactly 8 months later in Valencia. The 2022 calendar sees further expansion of the number of races, as Dorna add new circuits and new countries to the schedule. For the Kymiring in Finland, that had originally been planned for 2020, but the pandemic put paid to that happening, either in 2020 or 2021. And the Mandalika Resort circuit on Lombok in Indonesia had been added to 2021 as a reserve circuit, but will now be raced on at the start of next season.
The season kicks off in Qatar with the traditional night race at the Losail International Circuit. From there, MotoGP heads to Indonesia, and the new track at Mandalika. It will be their second visit, after a test at the track to be held in February. From Indonesia, the paddock heads west (though freight may head east) to Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, which sees a return after the pandemic and a fire which destroyed part of the pit complex.
A week later, MotoGP returns to Texas, and the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. That is still subject to the circuit being resurfaced, though recent rumor suggests that the track has agreed to tackle Turns 2 through 10, the minimum required by the Safety Commission.
The Grand Prix paddock returns to Europe after the race in Texas, but in a change to the normal schedule, MotoGP will head to Portimão rather than Jerez. The race in Portugal will take place a week before the first race in Spain, which has been the start of the European leg for the past 14 seasons.
After Jerez, there follows the familiar schedule: from Le Mans to Mugello to Barcelona, with the Italian and Catalunya Grand Prix happening on consecutive weekends. Then to Germany for the Sachsenring, followed by another back-to-back with the Dutch TT at Assen. Two weeks after Assen, the paddock assembles at the Kymiring in Finland.
The summer break is four weeks - three weekends without racing - before another change: MotoGP heads to Silverstone three weeks earlier than usual, with the British Grand Prix taking place on August 7th. After the UK, it's off to the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and then Misano in Italy.
Two weeks after that comes a grueling triple header: starting at the Motorland Aragon circuit on September 18th, the paddock flies to Japan for the race in Motegi on September 25th, before coming west again to Buriram for the Grand Prix of Thailand on October 2nd. The paddock gets a week off, before another overseas double-header, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island being followed by the Malaysian GP at Sepang. The season finishes as usual at Valencia, in Spain.
That is the plan, at least. As we have discovered over the past couple of years, reality has a nasty habit of interfering with the best laid plans of mice and men. The schedule is subject to change should disease, war, tsunamis, or volcanoes interrupt.
The provisional 2022 calendar appears below:
|6 March||Qatar*||Losail International Circuit|
|20 March||Indonesia**||Mandalika International Street Circuit|
|3 April||República Argentina||Termas de Río Hondo|
|10 April||Americas||Circuit of the Americas|
|24 April||Portugal||Algarve International Circuit|
|01 May||Spain||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto|
|15 May||France||Le Mans|
|29 May||Italy||Autodromo del Mugello|
|5 June||Catalunya||Barcelona - Catalunya|
|26 June||Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen|
|7 August||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|21 August||Austria||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|4 September||San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|18 September||Teruel||MotorLand Aragón|
|25 September||Japan||Twin Ring Motegi|
|2 October||Thailand||Chang International Circuit|
|16 October||Australia||Philip Island|
|23 October||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit|
|06 November||Comunitat Valenciana||Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo|
* Evening Race
** Subject to Homologation
All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.