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MotoGP: Four-Day Schedule for Qatar

2011 MotoGP Qatar Schedule

The MotoGP Championship will begin the 2011 season with a different schedule at the opening round for the Commericalbank Grand Prix of Qatar on March 20.

The MotoGP round will take place over four days instead of the traditional three, due to making all practices occur at night, mimicking conditions of the race under the lights at Losail on March 20.

The first practice will be Thursday evening, March 17, and continue Friday evening. Qualification for the MotoGP event will be on Saturday evening, and the race will take place Sunday evening.

The season official kicks off in two weeks.

The first official test session for 2011 MotoGP will be from Feb. 1-3 at Sepang. The riders again hit the track for the second official test session at Sepang Feb. 22-24.

The final official MotoGP test before the start of the 2011 season takes place under the lights at the Losail International Circuit from March 13-14.

2011 MotoGP Schedule:

March 20: Qatar* Losail
April 3: Spain Jerez
April 24: Japan Motegi
May 1: Portugal Estoril
May 15: France Le Mans
June 5: Catalunya Catalunya
June 12: Great Britain Silverstone
June 25: Netherlands** Assen
July 3: Italy Mugello
July 17: Germany Sachsenring
July 24: United States*** Laguna Seca
Aug. 14: Czech Republic Brno
Aug. 28: Indianapolis Indianapolis
Sept. 4: San Marino & Misano
Riviera di Rimini
Sept. 18: Aragon MotorLand
Oct. 16: Australia Phillip Island
Oct. 23: Malaysia Sepang
Nov. 6: Valencia Ricardo Tormo – Valencia

* Evening race
** Saturday race
*** Only MotoGP class

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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