MotoGP’s 2020 go to to Motegi needed to be scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with all of its Pacific flyaways and races within the Americas additionally cancelled due to the virus scenario.
The 2021 calendar initially postponed the US and Argentine races to the ultimate a part of the yr on unspecified dates, whereas it was hoped MotoGP would have the ability to have its traditional Pacific trek by means of Japan, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia. Nevertheless, attributable to ongoing journey restrictions MotoGP has taken the choice to cancel the Japanese GP for a second yr in a row.
Initially scheduled for the weekend of October three, it is going to now get replaced by the returning US GP at Texas’ Circuit of the Americas.
Dorna Sports activities’ authentic concept was to stage back-to-back races at COTA, as was executed in Qatar at first of the yr and can occur in Austria in August. However Components 1’s plans to host a double-header at COTA later in October has scuppered these plans.
Austin’s inclusion has provisionally moved the Thailand GP again every week to October 15-17, forming a triple-header with Australia and Malaysia
Additional calendar revisions are anticipated within the coming weeks although, with a double-header with Thailand and Malaysia extra probably than a triple-header with Australia.
As a consequence of strict border management in Australia, the Phillip Island race is not going to probably happen this yr, whereas Argentina can be unsure – each because of COVID-19 and the fireplace which devastated Termas de Rio Hondo’s pit complicated earlier this yr.
Ought to Thailand be unable to host a grand prix, a double-header at Sepang is an actual chance in October.
To hit its 19-race schedule for 2021, it’s now probably MotoGP will return to a venue it is going to have already raced at this season forward of its deliberate Valencia finale in mid-November.
The probably candidate is Portimao, which hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix in April – introduced in to switch the postponed Austin/Argentine races – and which introduced the 2020 season to a detailed.
2021 MotoGP calendar: