The MotoGP Calendar Has Been Changed, Yet Again – Sepang Out

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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 host 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, we understand 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
March 28th Qatar* Losail International Circuit
April 4th Qatar* Losail International Circuit
April 18th Portugal Algarve International Circuit
May 2nd Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto
May 16th France Le Mans
May 30th Italy Autodromo del Mugello
June 6th Catalunya Barcelona – Catalunya
June 20th Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
June 27th Germany Sachsenring
August 8th Styria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg
August 15th Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg
August 29th Great Britain Silverstone
September 12th Aragón MotorLand Aragón
September 19th San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
October 3rd Americas Circuit of the Americas
October 24th TBC Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
November 7th Algarve Algarve International Circuit
November 14th Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo
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.

Source: MotoGP