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:
|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|
|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|
|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.
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.