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 there 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 not only 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:
|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 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.