MotoGP Finnish Grand Prix cancelled due to Covid-19

MotoGP have confirmed the Finnish Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The series is yet to head to the KymiRing, with a first race at the circuit originally due to be held last year before the pandemic struck.

The event was due to go ahead in the middle of July.

In place of the Finnish Grand Prix, an additional race will be held at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, named as the Styrian Grand Prix, which will take place one week before the Austrian Grand Prix.

Whilst Finland will have to wait until 2022 for a grand prix, Dorna have confirmed the Finnish Grand Prix organisers have signed a five-year extension, meaning the race will be held at the KymiRing until at least 2026.

In a statement, MotoGP said travel complications due to the pandemic led to the cancellation.

“The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports announce the cancellation of the 2021 Grand Prix of Finland. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as well as resulting travel complications to Finland, have obliged the cancellation of the event,” it said.

“However, Dorna Sports is happy to announce an extended five-year agreement with the Grand Prix of Finland, assuring the stunning new KymiRing a place on the calendar until at least 2026.

“In addition, the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are thrilled to announce the Michelin┬« Grand Prix of Styria will be added to the 2021 calendar. The event will take place at the Red Bull Ring from the 6th to the 8th of August, the weekend preceding the Austrian Grand Prix.

“The Styrian Grand Prix was first celebrated in 2020, with a history-making premier class race cementing its place in the history books alongside the Austrian Grand Prix.

“In more good news for fans, in agreement with local authorities and whilst adhering to all required health protocols, both the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix expect to welcome a limited number of spectators back through the doors this season to enjoy the best of MotoGP at one of the most beautiful tracks in the world: the Red Bull Ring.”