2021 MotoGP Doha GP – How to watch, session times & more

Following a successful season opener at the Losail International Circuit last weekend, the MotoGP fraternity will remain in Qatar for the Doha Grand Prix.

2021 MotoGP Doha GP – How to watch, session times & more

The first race of the season delivered a thrilling, multi-rider fight at the front, with Maverick Vinales eventually emerging on top to take the victory for Yamaha.

The Spaniard's result took many by surprise, especially after Ducati riders took control at the start of the race. Armed with the most powerful engine in the field, the two factory team bikes and the two Pramac machines held an early 1-2-3-4 in Qatar, suggesting the Italian brand's winning streak in Qatar would extend to a third season.

But tyre degradation came into play as the race progressed, shaking the order at the front of the field.

That meant Francesco Bagnaia, freshly promoted to the factory Ducati team, was unable to put up much of a fight against Vinales, ceding the lead on lap 11.

He eventually finished third behind Pramac rider Johann Zarco, the two using the sheer grunt of their Ducati engines to repass the Suzuki of Joan Mir on the run to the flag.

Another Ducati vs Yamaha vs Suzuki contest is very much on the cards this weekend, with the Doha GP running to the same layout as the Qatar Grand Prix.

Crucially, Honda's star rider Marc Marquez will remain absent as he continues to recover from the injuries he sustained in the first of the two Jerez races last year. The Spaniard will again be replaced by Honda test rider Stefan Bradl.

Why is MotoGP holding two races in Qatar?

With several countries restricting the entry of foreign nationals amid the coronavirus pandemic, MotoGP has been forced to run a heavily-revised calendar in 2021. One way of ensuring the season runs to a sufficient number of races is by holding double headers, a practice implemented by both MotoGP and Formula 1 in 2020.

This year the Losail International Circuit is hosting back-to-back races to kick off the championship, with the second round to be run under the Doha Grand Prix banner this weekend. The circuit is located a short trip north of Doha, the capital of Qatar.

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings

Session

Local

time

GMT

BST

CEST

ET

PT

AEDT/

AEST

JST

IST

FP1

15:40

12:40

13:40

14:40

8:40

5:40

23:40

21:40

18:10

FP2

20:00

17:00

18:00

19:00

13:00

10:00

4:00

2:00

22:30

FP3

15:15

12:15

13:15

14:15

8:15

5:15

23:15

21:15

17:45

FP4

19:20

16:20

17:20

18:20

12:20

9:20

2:20

1:20

21:50

Qualifying

20:00

17:00

18:00

19:00

13:00

10:00

3:00

2:00

22:30

Warm up

15:40

12:40

13:40

14:40

8:40

5:40

22:40

21:40

18:10

Race 

20:00

17:00

18:00

19:00

13:00

10:00

3:00

2:00

22:30

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in Qatar

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 15:40 - 16:25 local time
  • Free Practice 2: 20:00 - 20:45 local time

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 15:15 - 16:00 local time
  • Free practice 4: 19:20 - 19:50
  • Qualifying: 20:00 - 20:40 local time

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Warm-up: 15:40 - 16:00
  • Race: 20:00 local time

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in the UK 

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 13:40 - 14:25 BST
  • Free Practice 2: 18:00 - 18:45 BST

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 13:15 - 14:00 BST
  • Free Practice 4: 17:20 - 17:50 BST
  • Qualifying: 18:00 - 18:40 BST

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Warm up: 13:40 - 14:00 BST
  • Race: 18:00 BST

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in Europe 

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 14:40 - 15:25 CEST
  • Free Practice 2: 19:00 - 19:45 CEST

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 14:15 - 15:00 CEST
  • Free Practice 4: 18:20 - 18:50 CEST
  • Qualifying: 19:00 - 19:40 CEST

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Warm up: 14:40 - 15:00 CEST
  • Race: 19:00 CEST

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in the US

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1:  8:40 - 9:25 ET / 5:40 - 6:25 PT
  • Free Practice 2:  13:00 - 13:45 ET / 10:00 - 10:45 PT

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 8:15 - 9:00 ET / 5:15 - 6:00 PT
  • Free Practice 4: 12:20 - 12:50 ET / 9:20 - 9:50 PT
  • Qualifying: 13:00 - 13:40 ET / 10:00 - 10:40 PT

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Warm-up: 8:40 - 9:00 ET / 5:40 - 6:00 PT
  • Race:  13:00 ET / 10:00 PT 

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in Australia

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 23:40 - 0:25 AEDT

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 2: 4:00 - 4:45 AEDT 
  • Free Practice 3: 23:15 - 00:00 AEDT 

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Free Practice 4 - 2:20 - 2:50 AEST
  • Qualifying: 3:00 - 3:40 AEST
  • Warm-up: 21:40 - 22:00 AEST

Monday 5th April 2021

  • Race: 3:00 AEST

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in Japan

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 21:40 - 22:25 JST 

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 2: 02:00 - 2:45 JST
  • Free Practice 3: 21:15 - 22:00 JST 

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Free Practice 4: 1:20 - 1:50 JST
  • Qualifying: 2:00 - 2:40 JST
  • Warm-up: 21:40 - 22:00 JST

Monday 5th April 2021

  • Race: 2:00 JST

2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix session timings in India

Friday 2nd April 2021

  • Free Practice 1: 18:10 - 18:55 IST 
  • Free Practice 2: 22:30 - 23:15 IST

Saturday 3rd April 2021

  • Free Practice 3: 17:45 - 18:30 IST 
  • Free Practice 4: 21:50 - 22:20 IST
  • Qualifying: 22:30 - 23:10 IST

Sunday 4th April 2021

  • Warm-up: 18:10 - 18:30 IST
  • Race: 22:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the MotoGP schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

Can I stream the Doha MotoGP?

MotoGP has its own on-demand streaming service, offering live broadcast of practice, qualifying and the race, as well as highlights. The MotoGP Video pass is available for an annual fee of 139.99 euros. Users also can subscribe to the service on a monthly basis for 29.99 euros. Several local broadcasters also stream MotoGP races on their official websites.

shares
comments

Related video

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

Previous article

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

Next article

How Suzuki plans to avenge Mir's Qatar podium defeat to Ducati

How Suzuki plans to avenge Mir's Qatar podium defeat to Ducati
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward.

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Prime

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Prime

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021