FASTEN your seatbelts MotoGP fans as the Qatar edition of the season gets underway TODAY.
Frenchman Fabio Quartararo made history last season when he became the first man from his country to clinch a MotoGP title.
French rider Fabio Quartararo celebrating his 2021 MotoGP title triumph
But it’s time for the 22-year-old to put his celebrations on hold because Quartararo has a long list of riders who will all be hunting for his crown.
However El Diablo will be relieved that he won’t have to deal with NINE-TIME MotoGP champion, Valentino Rossi this season.
The 42-year-old has decided to hang up his helmet after having an illustrious 25-year-career.
What dates and times is the MotoGP Qatar on?
- The MotoGP kicks-off TODAY and will run across the entire weekend – Friday 4 March, Saturday 5 March, Sunday 6 March.
- But the highlights can be watched on Monday 7 March.
What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?
- ALL the races including free practice, qualifying, warm-ups and the finale will be shown on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD.
- It can also be streamed via the BT Sport website or the app.
- Subscription members can watch ALL the action on the MotoGP Video Pass.
- Also, highlights of the weekend will be broadcasted on ITV4 and streamed courtesy of the ITV Hub Streaming Service.
When is qualifying?
- The free practice 1 & 2 begin TODAY – Friday 4 March from 8:45am – 4:00pm UK time.
- Free practice 3 will take place TOMORROW – Saturday 5 March from 8:15am – 11:15am UK time.
- Which leads directly into the qualifying from 12:00pm – 4:15pm UK time.
When does the MotoGP race start?
- The warm-up commences on Sunday 6 March from 10:00am – 11:15 UK time.
- Moto3 race will begin immediately after from 11:15 – 01:00pm UK time.
- Moto2 race is next from 01:00pm – 2:30pm UK time.
- With the MotoGP race taking place from 2:30pm – 4:00pm UK time.
- They’ll be an hourly long chequered flag analysis once the races have all been concluded starting at 4:00pm UK time.
What’s new for the 2022 MotoGP season?
Rebuilt or substituted engines are no longer subject to an up to 45 day wait for re-scrutineering.
However, penalties apply for any engine found non-compliant once it has been scrutineered.
Also, for the MotoGP class, teams will be permitted to prepare three approved fuel tanks for each machine and the class break package has been increased from £57,000 to £67,000 due to the use of larger discs at more circuits.
Moto3 and Moto2 classes will have their warm-up sessions reduced to ten minutes per session from the recently allocated 20 minutes.
And finally for all GP events, a revised rear slick tyre allocation has been agreed between Micheli, IRTA and Dorna as follows: a maximum of 6 off Spec A tyres, up to a maximum of 4 off Spec B tyres and up to a max
- Up to a maximum of 6 off Spec A tyres.
- Up to a maximum of 4 off Spec B tyres.
- Up to a maximum of 3 off Spec C tyres.