MotoGP 21 Tracks: Full Circuit list – Thai & Malaysian Grands Prix cancelled
A huge 19-race calendar is underway for the championship, but what else could Milestone include?
To run alongside the real season of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, Milestone has released MotoGP 21. The original 20-race calendar has been changed slightly to a 19-race schedule since. Thankfully though, Milestone has given us the option for which one we’d like to race in Managerial Mode.
We love MotoGP 21, so check out our full review of the game for more info. If you’re new to the MotoGP series, be sure to check out our beginner’s guide as well. But for now, let’s get into the tracks!
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After being omitted from the 2020 calendar, Losail is back!
The Qatar Motorcycle GP is the traditional curtain-raiser of MotoGP and 2021 won’t buck that trend. This race is also the only one on the calendar to take place at night, which gives the bikes a unique look.
Losail hosted a double-header to begin the season, as both the Qatar and Doha GPs kicked the season off in real life. If you choose the “full calendar” option at the start of single player, you’ll only race here once.
Rio Hondo, Argentina
The Argentine GP at Rio Hondo was originally scheduled to be the second round of the 2021 season. It has since been cancelled, but you can race around this circuit in single player by selecting the full calendar.
The Motorcycle GP of the Americas was another event that fell foul of 2021. It was originally meant to be run as the third round of the season, but was postponed. However, it will now take the Japanese GPs place, after it was cancelled.
The Circuit of the Americas can still be raced on by selecting the full calendar option at the beginning of Managerial Mode. This venue just outside of Austin, Texas is a state-of-the-art facility and one we’re really looking forward to tearing around again!
After making its debut in MotoGP last year, Portimao is back in 2021 to host the first European round of the season. As this was a circuit that was drafted in, it wasn’t available in MotoGP 20.
You can only access Portimao in single-player by selecting the Official 2021 calendar, as the Portuguese GP wasn’t on the original schedule. Since then, it’s been announced that there will be a second MotoGP race in Portugal later this year titled the “Algarve Grand Prix”.
Portimao is one of the most exciting and entertaining modern circuits on offer in racing and we’re so glad it’s included in MotoGP 21 from day one!
The first European round of the 2021 is scheduled to be the Spanish GP at Jerez. This is the first of four races that will take place in Spain.
Jerez’s high-speed corners, narrow road and lack of run-off make it one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar.
Le Mans, France
Le Mans is one of the most-famous racing venues in the world. Its Bugatti layout hosts the French motorcycle GP and is a great configuration to race on.
Mugello is hands-down one of the finest racing circuits in the world. The Tuscan track hosts the Italian GP and is beautiful in every sense of the word.
The mountains and countryside which surrounds it are mesmeric and the high-speed nature of the track is both scary and exciting.
The second race on the calendar to take place in Spain, the Circuit de Catalunya hosts the Catalan GP. The Montmelo circuit is a great all-round track and ideal to hone your skills on two wheels.
Germany’s Sachsenring is notoriously difficult to nail your setup for, but that makes it all the more rewarding when you do.
The East German track has both high-speed straights and tight and twisty corners meaning you’ve got to compromise to be fast.
One thing’s for sure though, racing around it on two wheels never gets old and we’re so glad it’s back in 2021.
Kymi Ring, Finland
The Finnish GP was scheduled to make a comeback in 2021, but was another than fell-foul of the world situation. The circuit is still available in MotoGP 21 and will be via the game’s “full calendar” and “official calendar” modes in Managerial mode.
Held at the brand-new KymiRing, this is one of the most state-of-the-art facilities on the calendar.
Red Bull Ring, Austria
After making a comeback in 2016, the Red Bull Ring is a real fan-favourite, and the drivers love it too. Like Mugello, its situated in the mountains, which provide a beautiful backdrop.
Due to Finland being cancelled, there is a now a double header scheduled to take place at this circuit, with the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix taking place at back-to-back weekends. We’re yet to see whether this will be replicated in MotoGP 21 via an update.
The circuit itself is great too, thanks in part to the huge elevation changes found around a lap here.
The home of British motorsport is also the home of the British Motorcycle GP. Silverstone took over from Donington in 2010 and the circuit’s redesign has proved extremely popular with both fans and drivers.
Aragon first joined MotoGP in 2010 and we’ve never looked back.
MotorLand is an excellent circuit and one that home-favourite Marc Marquez has found a lot of success at, winning six of the eleven GPs that have taken place here.
Misano, San Marino
Misano is the home of the second Italian GP, although it’s run under the guise of the San Marino GP. Don’t let that take away from the circuit though, as it’s a handful, you’re not given a moment to rest around here!
In the wake of the Malaysian Grand Prix being cancelled, a second Misano round in October has been announced. Although, what this second round will be called is currently not known.
Japan’s Motegi circuit is thrilling and great to race around. We’ve never looked back since it took over from Suzuka in 2004 and we’re very glad it’s back in the game in 2021. Despite being canceled in real life, Motegi isn’t going anywhere in MotoGP 21.
A relatively new addition to the calendar is the Thai GP. Held at the Chang International Circuit, this track really encourages overtaking. Despite its cancellation in real life, you’ll be able to enjoy this Grand Prix in Career Mode.
Some criticise its simplistic nature, but that’s arguably nit-picking. Marc Marquez loves this place though; he’s won both races so far.
Phillip Island, Australia
The Australian Motorcycle GP calls the remote Phillip Island in Victoria home. Arguably the best track on the calendar, this one doesn’t give you a break and is a huge challenge to stay on the tarmac.
Valentino Rossi has won more than any other rider here, taking eight victories across various categories. Although it’s the home-favorite Casey Stoner that has the most in MotoGP, taking six in a row between 2007-12.
Sadly, we won’t be seeing MotoGP return to this thrilling circuit in 2021, as it’s been canceled again. But, you will still be able to enjoy it in the virtual world all the same.
One of the best circuits to be designed in the modern era is the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. This is also where the Malaysian GP is held, the most physically challenging on the calendar.
This is another Asian round that has fallen foul of 2021, with the Malaysian GP being cancelled for the second year in a row.
Ricardo Tormo, Valencia
Named in honour of the legendary Spanish motorcycle rider, Circuit Ricardo Tormo has hosted the Valencia GP since 1999.
Another modern racing venue, the Valencia circuit has some very challenging corners such as Turns 13 and 14.
Finally, we have the historical tracks. Milestone have included historical content in the past few MotoGP games and this year we get three in total!
Donnington Park in the UK and Laguna Seca in the USA were the only two in MotoGP 20 and return this year. The third circuit is the Automotodrom Brno for the Czech GP. This circuit could be back for 2022, but was omitted from 2021 because it needs to be resurfaced to meet MotoGP’s safety standards.