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:
|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|
|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:|
|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.