Australian Grand Prix
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP race 2019 - Credit: Gold and Goose/KTM Media Library

Formula 1 and MotoGP has both announced the 2021 Australian Grand Prix has been officially cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

For the second year running, both disciplines have been forced to cancel the Australian leg of the calendar.

There were hopes that as the world begins to open back up that it would have been possible to race in Australia, with F1 planning to hold the Grand Prix on 21 November and MotoGP on 24 October.

In a short statement, an F1 spokesperson said they are disappointed with the news but alternative races are being looked at.

“We are confident we can deliver a 23-race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward to replace the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix,” a statement read.

“We will be working through the details of those options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once those discussions are concluded.”

Whilst F1 looks for a replacement, MotoGP organisers have announced a second race at Portimao, the Algarve GP, will take place on 7 November with the Malaysian GP being brought forward to 24 October.

With the announcement, MotoGP organisers said they look forward to returning to Phillip Island in 2022.

“The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the Red Bull Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix,” a statement read.

“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting travel complications and logistical restrictions mean it has not been possible to confirm the viability of the event at this time, and it will therefore not feature on the 2021 calendar.

“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.”

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