In another reshuffle of the 2021 calendar, MotoGP organisers have announced the cancellation of the Thai GP, with no replacement confirmed to take its place.
Originally due to take place on October 17, the grand prix will no longer go ahead due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in the country.
The confirmation comes less than three weeks after the cancellation of the Australian GP, and the calendar could be in for another flurry of changes as the year goes on.
Announcing the cancellation, MotoGP organisers said it was unavoidable despite the efforts to have the Thai GP go ahead, but confirmed that talks were ongoing over a replacement grand prix elsewhere.
“The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the OR Thailand Grand Prix, which was set to take place at Chang International Circuit from the 15th to the 17th of October,” a press release read.
“Despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have obliged the cancellation of the event.
“The FIM MotoGP™ World Championship looks forward to returning to race in front of the incredibly passionate Buriram crowd in 2022.
“A replacement event is currently under consideration and any updates regarding a possible substitute will be published as soon as available.”
There is currently one reserve grand prix on the calendar, the Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia, and depending on Covid-19 restrictions this may be a viable option.