▼ 2013 WGP race schedule
Rd.01 GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
2013.4.7 Losail Circuit | Qatar
Losail circuit is a modern circuit in the middle of a desert. It is formed by mid to high speed corners including a long straight which is over 1 km long. During the race, you would often see the bikes passing one another by slipstreaming, therefore hard to predict the positions of bikes. There is an overtaking point (first corner) after the long straight and it’s a tough course.
*Slipstream- A current of air driven back by a bike in front especially in high speed. By getting very close to the bike in front during a slipstream, you have more chances of overtaking by reducing the air resistance.
*Overtaking Point- Have the high chances of overtaking. Also called a passing point. (Usually at the end of a straight or an entry to a corner)
Rd.02 Grand Prix of The Americas
2013.4.21 Circuit of the Americas | Austin
This circuit is new to everyone as it is opening for the first time in 2013. A characteristic to this track is the first corner, which is located after a long uphill straight. The layout of the track has being designed for F1 so the length of the width is quite wide. The point is how quickly can we adapt to this new track?
Rd.03 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPANA
2013.5.5 Jerez | Spain
Quite smooth to ride; not as bumpy as other tracks compared to the rest of the circuits in Europe. This track is a combination of high and low speed corners. There is always a tight corner after a straight which creates a lot of overtaking points.
Rd.04 GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE
2013.5.19 Le Mans | France
Le Mans is a very traditional circuit. Many of the international races are held here. Braking and acceleration from low speed become very significant due to a combination of low and mid speed corners. Some corners are slanted and some are not, which makes it very challenging to find the right line.
Rd.05 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA
2013.6.2 Mugello | Italy
An average speed is over 160km/h. Mid to high speed corners including a lot of up and downs. Also the track is quite bumpy and it is a tough track to overcome. Quite often you will see the bikes gathered in groups till the end of the race.
Rd.06 GRAN PREMI DE CATALUNYA
2013.6.16 Circuit de Catalunya | Catalunya
Catalunya lies on the outskirts of Barcelona. There are many line options you could choose from as the track is quite wide. During the race, many switching of positions can be expected at the end of a long straight which measures 1km.
Rd.07 TT Circuit Assen
2013.6.29 The Netherlands
The bike is hardly ever straight, but there are lots of blind quick turns. The first half of the track layout has been modernised which made an average speed lower than before, but the last half remained the same and is a very thrilling course. One of the traditional circuits and it's a hard one to conquer. The quick changes of weather are one of its characters too.
※Blind: A corner which is purposely designed to not be able to see the exit.
Rd.08 GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND
2013.7.14 Sachsenring | Germany
There are many low speed corners. The key to this circuit are the braking points and accelerating points from low speed. This is another bumpy track with up and downs which makes it hard to overcome. One of the features about this track is that it is formed by many left turns.
Rd.09 U.S. GRAND PRIX
2013.7.21 Mazda Raceway | United States
A very different layout compared to the European circuits. It is quite hilly, bumpy and complicated. A “cork screw” which is a sudden drop downhill in to a turn would be the highlight of this course. However only a Moto GP class with be holding a meeting here.
Rd.10 INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX
2013.8.18 Indianapolis | Indianapolis
Indianapolis is famous for holding meetings for F1. In 2008, the circuit opened for bikes by creating a different track, which is a combination of the oval course and an infield course of the Indi cars. It is an interesting track which is set to ride in reverse direction. Mixture of high speed and low speed on a rough surface makes it a real nuisance for setting.
Rd.11 Automotodrom Brno
2013.8.25 Czech Republic
This circuit is challenging. Mid to high speed corners with long straights. Undulated surface with a wide width. Unrestricted line options and you may see a lot of overtakes during the race. Usually see the riders gathered together.
Rd.12 Silverstone Circuit
2013.9.1 United Kingdom
Silverstone has a long history because of the F1 being held there for a long time. The main feature about this track is that it is fairly flat as this place was built on the site of an Air Force station. It is a high speed course since the track has been developed several times.
Rd.13 Misano World Circuit
2013.9.15 San Marino
This is one of the most difficult circuits in the world, especially for us riders and engineers. It is a combination of long straights, slow/fast corners, large corners and an off-camber corner.
Rd.14 MotorLand Aragon
2013.9.29 Motorland Aragon | Spain
This is a new circuit opened in September 2009. A well known German architect, Hermann Tilke and an ex Formula1 driver Pedro De La Rosa (technical and sport consultant) put together their work to build this circuit. The longest straight is 1726m and this circuit has the most difference in sea level elevation. (50m)
Rd.15 MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
2013.10.13 Sepang Circuit | Malaysia
A harsh condition of Malaysia’s humidity struggle the riders and the bikes. The weather is always unstable. A tough course for all bikes, tyres and riders with 2 long straights and mid to high speed corners.
Rd.16 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
As this circuit is located very close to the ocean, there are a lot of strong winds which makes it very challenging. The structure of this track is high speed with 2 hair-pins. The bike is constantly leaning right or left and hardly any straights. Therefore slip-streaming is quite effective and usually you get to see the riders competing close in a mass group.
Rd.17 GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
2013.10.27 Motegi | Japan
Motegi is a combination of long straights with low to mid speed corners. It is quite smooth to ride, although there are a lot of competitive braking points which creates a lot of switching of standing positions. A key to a victory is the last 90 degree corner.
Rd.18 GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
2013.11.10 Comunitat Valenciana | Valencia
For a GP circuit, there is not so much difference in elevation level which is a bit similar to Assen. There are also some similarities with Motegi which includes low-mid speed corners with straights. There are hardly any slopes on the surface which makes it hard to conquer. The circuit itself is like a big stadium. It attracts many spectators and they are able to watch from almost all corners of the track.