MotoGP | Australian GP cancelled; GP do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal, added
MotoGP organizers (FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports) have announced the cancellation of the Australian GP due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in travel complications and logistical restrictions.
The FIM MotoGP™ World Championship looks forward to returning to race in front of the Australian fans at the spectacular Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in 2022.
The 2021 Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix has therefore been brought forward and will take place a week earlier than previously scheduled, from the 22nd to the 24th of October – the weekend immediately following the rescheduled OR Grand Prix of Thailand.
Furthermore, they have confirmed the addition of the GP do Algarve to the 2021 calendar. MotoGP will return to Portimão from November 5-7, the week before Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. With that, the iconic Autódromo do Algarve will have a second Grand Prix this season.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Paul Little AO: “We’re terribly disappointed that for a second consecutive year, MotoGP fans won’t see the world’s best riders compete at the wonderful Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, including Australians Jack Miller in the MotoGP class, and Remy Gardner, who is currently leading the Moto2 world championship.”
“We’re also disappointed for our staff, suppliers and partners, as well as the Phillip Island community and associated tourism industry that relies on the economic boost which comes with staging the event.”
See the updated calendar: