MotoGP Calendar Changed Again, Phillip Island Canceled

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The ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshuffle the 2021 MotoGP calendar.

This morning came news that the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island has been canceled for 2021, with an extra round at Portimao added before Valencia to take its place.

The news had been widely anticipated, as Australia continues to maintain a strict border policy, making staging international sporting events almost impossible.

The dropping of Phillip Island means that the Sepang race has been moved a week earlier, to October 24th, and an additional round added at Algarve International Circuit in Portimão on November 7th, a week before the final round in Valencia.

It seems unlikely (though not impossible) that this will be the final calendar change of the season.

International travel remains precarious, and national restrictions are being lifted and reintroduced in various countries around the world as the Delta variant outbreak gathers pace, outpacing the rate of vaccination, temporarily at least.

The revised 2021 MotoGP 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 17th Thailand Chang International Circuit
October 24th Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
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