2012 MotoGP season brought forward

    The 2012 MotoGP season will get started on April 8 with a night race in Doha, Qatar.

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    • The 2012 MotoGP will start a week earlier than originally planned
    • Doha, Qatar will stage the year's first race on April 8
    • The season will come to a close in the Spanish port city of Valencia
    The start of the 2012 MotoGP has been brought forward by one week, with the motorcycling's elite championship now set to begin on April 8.
    Australian world champion Casey Stoner and his fellow riders will begin next year's campaign in Doha for the Qatar Grand Prix, before heading to the Spanish town of Jerez on April 29.
    The Saschenring Circuit is also on the calendar, subject to a contract being signed between the venue and the sport's organizers.
    The Portuguese circuit of Estoril is due to stage a grand prix on May 6, but is also yet to sign a deal.
    The Spanish port city of Valencia will host the season-ending race on November 11.
    For the first time since 1986, a MotoGP world championship will begin without the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki on the grid.
    Suzuki announced last month they were pulling out of the sport due to the current economic climate, but they plan to return to Moto GP in 2014.
    2012 MotoGP season:
    8 April - Qatar, Doha
    29 April - Spain, Jerez
    6 May - Portugal, Estoril
    20 May - France ,Le Mans
    3 June - Catalunya, Catalunya
    17 June - Great Britain, Silverstone
    30 June - Netherlands, Assen
    8 July - Germany, Sachsenring
    15 July - Italy, Mugello
    29 July - United States, Laguna Seca
    19 August - Indianapolis, Indianapolis
    26 August - Czech Republic, Brno
    16 September - San Marino & Riviera di Rimini, Misano
    30 September - Aragon, Motorland
    14 October - Japan, Motegi
    21 October - Malaysia, Sepang
    28 October - Australia, Phillip Island
    11 November - Valencia, Valencia