Earlier this month the Australian MotoGP round at Phillip Island was struck from the 2021 schedule, successfully changed by a second Portimao race penned in for the November 5-7, with the calendar tweaks ensuing within the Malaysian GP being moved to run one week after the Thai spherical because the remaining rounds on the Asian flyaway stretch.
However it has been confirmed the Thailand GP, scheduled for the October 15-17, has been cancelled for the second yr in a row.
MotoGP officers have confirmed a alternative occasion is being assessed with an up to date 2021 race calendar on account of be revealed “as quickly as doable.”
“The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports activities remorse to announce the cancellation of the OR Thailand Grand Prix, which was set to happen at Chang Worldwide Circuit from the 15th to the 17th of October,” a MotoGP assertion learn.
“Regardless of the very best efforts of all events concerned, the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions have obliged the cancellation of the occasion.
“The FIM MotoGP World Championship appears ahead to returning to race in entrance of the extremely passionate Buriram crowd in 2022.
“A alternative occasion is at the moment into consideration and any updates relating to a doable substitute will probably be revealed as quickly as accessible.”
The Thailand GP cancellation opens up a three-week hole within the 2021 MotoGP calendar between the rescheduled United States spherical on the Circuit of the Americas (October 1-Three) and the Malaysian spherical at Sepang (October 22-24).
MotoGP might look to run one other double-header, having began this season with back-to-back races in Qatar, whereas the summer time break resumes with two consecutive Austrian races on the Purple Bull Ring.
The Argentinean spherical additionally stays and not using a new date after its preliminary postponement, however the South American occasion appears prone to be cancelled for 2021 on account of COVID-19 restrictions.
To this point this yr, the Finnish, Japanese and Australian MotoGP races have been formally cancelled from the 2021 calendar.