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Thailand MotoGP event cancelled, Dorna working on replacement

The 2021 edition of the Thailand Grand Prix, due to be held at the Buriram International Circuit, has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Rumours across the past few days suggested the Thai event would be scrapped for this year due to the ongoing restrictions as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic within the country, following on from the recent axing of the Japanese and Australian events.

MotoGP organisers Dorna Sports announced on Wednesday that the Thai race would be cancelled for this campaign, though the plan is to return to the nation for ’22.

“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,” began the brief statement.

“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.”

The news of the Thai GP not going ahead leaves the Malaysian GP at the Sepang International Circuit as the only Asian stop for the MotoGP world championship this year, with a second round at the venue thought to now be a possibility.

A second event in Austin has also been mooted, as has another round in Europe, following the recent inclusion of a second Portuguese round.

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