The Kymiring will have to wait. Today, the FIM announced that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the complications posed by travel, the Finnish Grand Prix at the Kymiring has been canceled for 2021. But in compensation, the circuit in Finland is to get a five-year contract to host MotoGP for the years 2022 to 2026.
Travel to the Kymiring was always going to be difficult. The Finnish Grand Prix is treated like a European round of MotoGP, but the logistics of getting trucks from Assen to Finland is not simple. It involves either a very long ferry ride from Germany to Finland, on a route with limited capacity and which is often fully booked, or a very long road trip through Russia up to Finland, with all the customs complications that involves. Add in the extra complications added by Covid-19 - at the time of writing, there is a compulsory 14-day quarantine for travellers to Finland - and the race poses too much of a risk.
To replace the race lost in Finland, an extra round will be added at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The race is to be held on August 8th, with the race being given the title of the Styria Grand Prix, after the province the Spielberg circuit is in. The calendar change creates the largest summer break in recent history, with a period of five weeks between the race in Assen and the resumption of hostilities at the Red Bull Ring.
The provisional calendar is shown below.
|28 March||Qatar*||Losail International Circuit|
|4 April||Qatar*||Losail International Circuit|
|18 April||Portugal||Algarve International Circuit|
|02 May||Spain||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto|
|16 May||France||Le Mans|
|30 May||Italy||Autodromo del Mugello|
|06 June||Catalunya||Barcelona - Catalunya|
|20 June||Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen|
|8 August||Styria||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|15 August||Austria||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|29 August||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|12 September||Aragón||MotorLand Aragón|
|19 September||San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|03 October||Japan||Twin Ring Motegi|
|10 October||Thailand||Chang International Circuit|
|24 October||Australia||Philip Island|
|31 October||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit|
|14 November||Comunitat Valenciana||Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo|
|Postponed Grands Prix to be rescheduled subject to the pandemic:|
|República Argentina||Termas de Río Hondo|
|Americas||Circuit of the Americas|
|Reserve Grand Prix Venues:|
|Indonesia**||Mandalika International Street Circuit|
* Evening Race
** Subject to Homologation
There will be a maximum of 20 events in the 2021 season. All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.
Michelin® Grand Prix of Styria added to the calendar, 2021 Grand Prix of Finland cancelled
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.
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.