MotoGP Italian GP 2021 – How to watch, session times and more


Jack Miller took back-to-back MotoGP victories in an incredible charge at the French GP at Le Mans, coming back from two long lap penalties for speeding in the pit lane, in a chaotic flag-to-flag race.

Miller, who had the option of a second year on his Ducati factory contract taken over by the Italian automaker earlier this week, beat Johann Zarco of Pramac Ducati by almost four seconds in an eventful race that was hit by a downpour of rain.

It was also a good outing for Fabio Quartararo, on his return from surgery after the hand pump destroyed his Spanish GP hopes, as the Yamaha rider clinched third place despite his own long lap penalty for s ” being stopped on the wrong side of the Yamaha surface when changing bikes.

Quartararo’s podium in his turn at home allowed him to regain the lead in the MotoGP World Championship by one point ahead of Francesco Bagnaia, who finished the race in fourth place for Ducati.

But it was a nightmare race for a handful of MotoGP pioneers as Honda duo Marc Marquez and Suzuki Alex Rins and Joan Mir all crashed.

The MotoGP paddock heads to Mugello this weekend for the first time since 2019 after last year’s race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alex Rins and Suzuki MotoGP team crash

Photo by: Dorna

Calendar of MotoGP sessions in Italy 2021

MotoGP will run its standard schedule throughout the Italian GP weekend, with two practice sessions on Friday lasting 45 minutes each. Saturday’s third practice will also last 45 minutes, with the top 10 on the combined timesheet FP1-2-3 automatically entering qualifying Q2. A final 30-minute FP4 session will take place on Saturday afternoon before qualifying.

Qualifying Q1 includes all riders who did not finish in the top 10 in combined practice times, with the top two finishers advancing into Q2 alongside the top 10 who secured an automatic berth via their practice times.

Q2 is pole position and decides the order of the first four rows, the rest of the grid being organized on the times of Q1, for the Italian GP on Sunday.

Moto2 and Moto3 are also in action at the Italian GP.

Friday May 28, 2021

Free Practice 1: 8:55 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. BST (9:55 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. local time)

Free practice 2: 1:10 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. BST (2:10 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. local)

Saturday May 29, 2021

Free Practice 3: 8:55 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. BST (9:55 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. local time)

Free practice 4: 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. BST (1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. local)

Qualifications: 1:10 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. BST (2:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. local time)

Sunday May 30, 2021

Warm-up: 8:40 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. BST (9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. local)

Race: 1:00 p.m. BST (2:00 p.m. local)

How can I watch Italian MotoGP?

• Channel: BT Sport 2

• Channel numbers: Sky – 414 (BT Sport 2)

• Channel numbers: Virgin Media – 528 (BT Sport 2)

BT Sport’s live coverage of Sunday’s action begins with the 7:30 am warm-ups, taken from the global feed, before moving on to his own show at 9:15 am for the pre-race show before the Moto3 race. .

Preparation for the MotoGP race begins at 12:30 p.m., or when the Moto2 race ends, before the lights go out at 1:00 p.m.

Can I stream Italian MotoGP?

UK viewers can also stream the Italian GP by purchasing a video pass on MotoGP.com. A single video pass, the rest of the 2021 MotoGP season, costs £ 129.85.

The Video Pass grants access to all live sessions, qualifying and races, as well as global feed content and the ability to watch previous races.

Italian MotoGP weather forecast

The Mugello is ready for mixed conditions throughout the weekend, with a sunny and dry start on Friday, but with the risk of cloudy and rainy weather on race day. Highs of 21 degrees Celsius are predicted on race day, about four degrees higher than the French GP.

Most Italian MotoGP winners (premier class only)

Valentino Rossi: 7 wins (MotoGP – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Jorge Lorenzo: 6 wins (MotoGP – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Giacomo Agostini: 6 victories (500c – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975)
Mick Doohan: 6 wins (500cc – 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Mike Hailwood: 5 wins (500cc – 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)


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