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MotoGP - 2013 calendar
Jorge Lorenzo is the defending world champion. (Getty)
Jorge Lorenzo is the defending world champion. (Getty)

Casey Stoner may have left a huge gulf in MotoGP ranks, but his absence is a golden opportunity for some of his former rivals to shine.

Riders will line-up for the opening race of the 2013 MotoGP season in Qatar on April 7 and finish the year seven months later, in Spain. Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo is the defending world champion and is expected to form a fierce rivalry with fellow Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi, a seven-time MotoGP champion.

All the world's best motorcycle brands will compete for the manufacturer's championship over 18 races.

2013 Calendar
Date Event Track
Rd 1, Apr 7 Grand Prix of Qatar Losail
Rd 2, Apr 21 Grand Prix of America Austin
Rd 3, May 5 Grand Prix of Spain Jerez
Rd 4, May 19 Grand Prix of France Le Mans
Rd 5, Jun 2 Grand Prix of Italy Mugello
Rd 6, Jun 16 Grand Prix of Catalunya Catalunya
Rd 7, Jun 29 Grand Prix of Netherlands Assen
Rd 8, Jul 14 Grand Prix of Germany Sachsenring
Rd 9, Jul 21 U.S. Grand Prix Mazda Raceway
Rd 10, Aug 18 Indianapolis Grand Prix Indianapolis
Rd 11, Aug 25 Grand Prix of Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno
Rd 12, Sep 1 Grand Prix of Britain Silverstone
Rd 13, Sep 15 San Marino Grand Prix Misano World Circuit
Rd 14, Sep 29 Aragon Grand Prix MotorLand Aragon
Rd 15, Oct 13 Grand Prix of Malaysia Sepang Circuit
Rd 16, Oct 20 Grand Prix of Australia Phillip Islanduit
Rd 17, Oct 27 Grand Prix of Japan Motegi
Rd 18, Nov 10 Valencia Grand Prix Communitat Valenciana