2021 MotoGP Calendar Update: Sepang Canceled, Second Race At Misano, Austin Still On

There has been yet another change to the MotoGP calendar for 2021. As had been expected, the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for October 24th at the Sepang International Circuit has been canceled. In its place will be an extra race at the Misano circuit in Italy. Misano will be the second circuit, after Portimão, which will two races this year but not back to back. Unlike the Portuguese circuit, however, Misano will host its second race five weeks after the first, rather than six months later.

This change looks like being the final alteration to the 2020 calendar. Despite the fact that the Covid-19 outbreak in Texas has placed serious demands on hospital capacity, with ICU beds now 99% occupied, MotoMatters.com understands that there is a huge push inside Dorna to make the Austin race happen. The Circuit of The Americas and the county and state governments are also assisting in pushing the race to take place.

This would bring the calendar up to 19 MotoGP events in 2021, only one shy of the planned 20 races. Though the calendar still contains a final TBC (to be confirmed) round, this seems very unlikely to take place.

The updated calendar appears below:

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 TBC Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
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.

Malaysian GP cancelled and replaced by a Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, which was set to take place at Sepang International Circuit from the 22nd to the 24th of October.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting entry restrictions for Malaysia oblige the cancellation of the event.

The FIM MotoGP™ World Championship looks forward to returning to Sepang in 2022 to race in front of our dedicated Malaysian fans.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are pleased to confirm that MotoGP™ will return to Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from the 22nd to the 24th of October, the weekend previously scheduled for the Malaysian GP, for a second Grand Prix at the classic Italian track. The name of this event will be announced in due course.

The date for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini remains unchanged.


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54.92% of Texas State Population is fully Vaccinated.
If you go COTA - do not travel outside of Travis county (Austin) because the numbers of confirmed cases and confirmed deaths in Texas are trending upwards whereas the cases in Travis county Texas are small, but still trending upwards.

Not a fun comment, but I am entirely sure my decision to not go is a good one for me. The USA Southern Red areas are atrocious Delta variant swells right now, and this is still early in it's bloom. Seeing horrible rates of infection reported and hospital beds full. Worst to come, exponential change. Weekly stats are gloomy. 

Cancelled going to Burning Man. My birthday today, had two plans w two friends. One was called an hr before our meet up telling her she has been exposed by a patient and needs to quarantine. Other? In lockdown from exposure earlier in the week from another friend that is sick but didn't know it yet. Serious shite! Covid w an exponent of virulence. Effects aren't worse, but the exposure needed to catch it is MUCH smaller than the original. The original precaution guidelines about time and distance inside aren't fitting. 

Be well friends!

If COTA really happens I will not be going, for the same reasons. TX is really bad right now.

I got vaccinated as soon as it was avaiable in my age group.  I've been super careful, treating 2021 the same as 2020. And I still got the Delta variant two weeks ago.  The vaccine probably helped but the virus still took me down hard for days.  Sleeping 20 of 24 hours for a few days. Blueprint symptoms for Delta.

I have tickets and lodging for COTA in October.  I'll be surprised if the round actually happens.

Is the ban on travel to the US from Schengen visa countries (26 European countries - plus the UK) still in effect ? If so, how is it possible that the mainly European based paddock (heavily Italian, Spanish, British oriented) believe entry into the US is possible ? Perhaps the belief (hope ?) is that the current US travel restrictions will change in late September for MotoGP personnel - and for F1 in November 2021 when COTA is apparently preparing for a double header. Comments David ?

In America, either you get vaccinated and are safe, or don't and accept the risk. 99+% of those in hospitals have chosen not to get vaccainted.