Austin is back on the MotoGP calendar. Today, the FIM announced that the Motegi round of MotoGP has been canceled, as travel to Japan is still very difficult, with the Circuit of the Americas being put in its place on October 3rd. The changes have obviously been made in response to the pandemic, and as Covid-19 continues to be a problem around the world, more changes are likely.
Currently, MotoGP is set to go to Thailand two weeks after Austin, on October 17th, the first of a triple header at Buriram, then Phillip Island in Australia, and then the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. However, travel restrictions are still in place for Phillip Island, and are unlikely to be lifted in time for the race to take place. And the current Covid-19 situation in Thailand is also cause for concern. Sepang are also believed to be willing to host a race only if they can have at least 70% fan capacity at the track.
At the moment, the backup plan for Phillip Island not taking place is for there to be a double-header at Valencia to replace it. The season would end at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo with two races on consecutive weekends. There has also been talk of two races on back-to-back weekends at the Circuit of the Americas if Thailand has to be canceled.
All that is still unconfirmed, however. For the moment, MotoGP has a plan for the second half of the season. But like all plans during the pandemic, it is subject to change up to the last moment.
Here is the current calendar update as it stands:
|28 March||Qatar*||Losail International Circuit|
|4 April||Qatar*||Losail International Circuit|
|18 April||Portugal||Algarve International Circuit|
|02 May||Spain||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto|
|16 May||France||Le Mans|
|30 May||Italy||Autodromo del Mugello|
|06 June||Catalunya||Barcelona - Catalunya|
|27 June||Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen|
|8 August||Styria||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|15 August||Austria||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|29 August||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|12 September||Aragón||MotorLand Aragón|
|19 September||San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|03 October||Americas||Circuit of the Americas|
|17 October||Thailand||Chang International Circuit|
|24 October||Australia||Philip Island|
|31 October||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit|
|14 November||Comunitat Valenciana||Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo|
|Postponed Grands Prix to be rescheduled subject to the pandemic:|
|República Argentina||Termas de Río Hondo|
|Reserve Grand Prix Venues:|
|Indonesia**||Mandalika International Street Circuit|
* Evening Race
** Subject to Homologation
There will be a maximum of 20 events in the 2021 season. All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.
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