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:
|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||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:|
|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.