2021 MotoGP Calendar Update: Thailand Canceled, Replacement Round To Be Decided

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to remind us that it is a global, not a local, phenomenon. As cases continue to rise in Thailand, and the vaccination program is only being rolled out slowly, the organizers of the Thai GP have been forced to cancel the 2021 MotoGP round at Buriram.

It is believed that a replacement round is being planned, but finding a venue is proving difficult, for much the same reason the race was canceled. There have been rumors of a second round at Sepang, but also of hosting two races in Austin, at the Circuit of the Americas. Much of this is speculation, with little confirmation, given the ever-shifting nature of the pandemic. Holding two races at the same track is the most likely course of action, however: minimizing travel increases the chances of a race actually being held.

The current 2021 MotoGP calendar appears below, though it is certain to change:

Date Grand prix Circuit
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
20 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
27 June Germany Sachsenring
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
24 October Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
7 November Algarve Algarve International Circuit
14 November Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo
tbc tbc tbc
Postponed Grands Prix to be rescheduled subject to the pandemic:
Grand prix Circuit
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.

The official announcement appears below:

2021 Thai GP cancelled

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the OR Thailand Grand Prix, which was set to take place at Chang International Circuit from the 15th to the 17th of October. Despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have obliged the cancellation of the event.

The FIM MotoGP™ World Championship looks forward to returning to race in front of the incredibly passionate Buriram crowd in 2022.

A replacement event is currently under consideration and any updates regarding a possible substitute will be published as soon as available.


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I am sure Texas will roll out the carpet for another round.  Most of the USA is operating at pre covid activities. 

If Marc isn't leading the championship heading into Texas, two rounds there could make the last part of season more interesting!

Or if you believe conspiricy theories: Carmelo is trying to get a second race added at Aragon the Wednesday after the first race!

It has been hell. 5 weeks. Let us pray that any canceled round is replaced and cancellations do not reproduce the in season 5 week break. No more 5 week breaks ever again. Amen.

Texas is a red state, even if Austin isn't.  Covid has been purposefully politicized, and many Texans aren't vaccinated.

I want to fly to this race, from MN, rent a car, hotel, etc, but I won't be at all surprised if it gets cancelled, too.  All because people who have the luxury of free covid vaccines won't take them.  FreeDumb in 'Merica.

Outside of TX being a red state, this is one person's opinion.  Lots of reasons exist why someone, anyone, wouldn't want this or any other vaccine but let's not forget that this is all about you and your trip to Austin.  Stay in Minnesota then.

Two races in Austin makes the most logistical sense but a return to Laguna Seca would be spectacular. Great for Marc too as it is a counter-clockwise track.

Would love to see the motogp bikes circulating the Dry Lagoon again, but they have most likely outgrown the track and serious modifications would be required for the circus to return to California. 

The Delta variant is game changing unfortunately. I decided not to go to Austin solely due to its arrival (sorry Brian and Co!). Doors that recently opened are about to close, precaution measures are going back up, things are changing rapidly. It is interesting what happens in a domino fashion, like if the circus seeks to return to a region from one that is a hotbed of cases and then two weeks quarentine. Delta is everywhere, but very regionally concentrated in low vacc rate/low precaution areas. Weird creepy difficult times indeed. You KNOW it's bad when I just started watching WRC, even going back and visiting Group B. Cars for gods sake?! Four wheels?! Pestilence.

It sure gets obvious to oneself how much they like a track when it gets cancelled. Phillip Island was tough to see go, this time more appreciative that we are likely to have a full season with replacements, curious re which European circuit we get to go back to. 

Both the Darwinian revival of Covid deaths amongst the unvaccinated, and missing PI. Hope the replacement is Portimao, maybe three races in a row?  wink 

There are support groups for those who fall into watching car races, don't give in.