Earlier this month the Australian MotoGP round at Phillip Island was struck from the 2021 schedule, effectively replaced by a second Portimao race penned in for the 5-7 November, 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.
Nevertheless it has been confirmed the Thailand GP, scheduled for the 15-17 October, has been cancelled for the second yr in a row.
MotoGP officers have confirmed a substitute occasion is being assessed with an up to date 2021 race calendar as a consequence of be printed “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 perfect efforts of all events concerned, the continued Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions have obliged the cancellation of the occasion.
The FIM MotoGP World Championship appears to be like ahead to returning to race in entrance of the extremely passionate Buriram crowd in 2022.
“A substitute occasion is at the moment into account and any updates concerning a doable substitute will probably be printed as quickly as out there.”
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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 (1-Three October) and the Malaysian spherical at Sepang (22-24 October).
MotoGP could look to run one other double-header, having began this season with back-to-back races in Qatar, whereas the summer season 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 to be like prone to be cancelled for 2021 as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions.
Up to now this yr, the Finnish, Japanese and Australian MotoGP races have been formally cancelled from the 2021 calendar.