The Japanese Grand Prix has been canceled, with the postponed American round to replace it in the latest MotoGP calendar shakeup.
The Japanese GP was set to be held at Motegi on October 3, however, it will be canceled and replaced by the American GP at Circuit of the Americas instead. The Thai Grand Prix at Buriram will be delayed a week to make way for it, meaning a Thailand-Australia-Malaysia triple header is potentially on the cards if MotoGP can travel to Philip Island.
MotoGP gave an explanation for the changes, saying COVID-19 travel and logistical restrictions make it too difficult to stage a race in Japan.
“The FIM, IRTA, and Dorna Sports can now announce a new date for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The event was previously postponed and will now take place from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2021,” a MotoGP statement read.
“The OR Grand Prix of Thailand will therefore take place a week later than previously scheduled, from the 15th to the 17th of October. The FIM, IRTA, and Dorna Sports must also confirm the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting travel complications and logistical restrictions mean that it has not been possible to confirm the event at this time, meaning that it will therefore not feature on the 2021 calendar.”
MotoGP goes to the TT Circuit Assen this weekend for arguably the crown jewel in the calendar, the Dutch Grand Prix.