In a big step back towards normality, MotoGP has announced the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix will have no spectator restrictions, with those vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 allowed in.
It’s the first time since 2019 that a MotoGP event will go on with full spectator attendance, and one of the first events in the world to do so as well. The Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix is scheduled for August 6-8 and 13-15. The MotoGP paddock bubble will still be in force, meaning fans cannot go into the paddock to mingle with riders and team personnel.
“Dorna Sports is delighted to confirm that both the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria and the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich will welcome fans back to the grandstands in 2021,” a statement from Dorna Sports read.
“Spectator restrictions are being lifted at sporting events in Austria this summer, and the gates of the Red Bull Ring will therefore be open to MotoGP fans who are either vaccinated, tested, or recovered from Covid-19.”
“Fans will be able to attend the emblematic Spielberg venue at full capacity for both the Styrian and Austrian GPs. The MotoGP paddock will continue to operate as a separate Covid-19 safe bubble at both events.”
The Catalan Grand Prix on the weekend saw a 20% capacity, with Assen expected to house spectators as well. It’s a good omen for Formula 1 as they go to Europe, which slowly recovers from COVID-19.