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

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:

DateGrand prixCircuit
March 28thQatar*Losail International Circuit
April 4thQatar*Losail International Circuit
April 18thPortugalAlgarve International Circuit
May 2ndSpainCircuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto
May 16thFranceLe Mans
May 30thItalyAutodromo del Mugello
June 6thCatalunyaBarcelona – Catalunya
June 20thNetherlandsTT Circuit Assen
June 27thGermanySachsenring
August 8thStyriaRed Bull Ring-Spielberg
August 15thAustriaRed Bull Ring-Spielberg
August 29thGreat BritainSilverstone
September 12thAragónMotorLand Aragón
September 19thSan Marino e della Riviera di RiminiMisano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
October 3rdAmericasCircuit of the Americas
October 24thTBCMisano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
November 7thAlgarveAlgarve International Circuit
November 14thComunitat ValencianaComunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo
Postponed Grands Prix to be rescheduled subject to the pandemic:
Grand prixCircuit
República ArgentinaTermas 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

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