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Australian Grand Prix and MotoGP cancelled because of Covid outbreak

18:08, 07 July 2021
Australian Grand Prix and MotoGP cancelled because of Covid outbreak Photo: motogp.com

It is the second consecutive year of excluding the race from the Formula-1 calendar.


Organizers have announced that the reason is ‘restrictions and logistical challenges’ imposed by the pandemic.

The Grand Prix was expected to take place at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne from November 18-21. Usually, the race is held in March, but it was rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Paul Little, chairman of Australian Grand Prix Corporation, told the reports during a communiqué that the decision was disappointing and added that AGPC will keep cooperating with Formula 1. He also thanked the members of the staff, sponsors, and partners, and promised to work hard for the 2022 events.

Another Australian racing event has also experienced cancellation - the Australian MotoGP which was supposed to be held from October 22-24.

Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1 chief executive, is also sorry that the event will not take place this autumn, but he adds that the other 23 are still to be enjoyed by the admirers and that the organization has a wide range of options to replace the Australian race.

330 new cases were registered during the last-week Covid outbreak in Australia, the country’s worst result this year. The overall statistics remain low in the country: Australia has experienced around 30000 cases and only 910 deaths.