MotoGP: Grand Prix of Finland cancelled and replaced by Styrian GP
The 2021 Grand Prix of Finland has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the resulting travel complications to Finland.
The all-new KymiRing circuit was set to host the maiden MotoGP on July 11 but the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports have no confirmed that this will not be the case. Instead, the Grand Prix of Styria will be added to the 2021 calendar.
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However, Dorna has softened the blow by announcing an extended five-year agreement with the Grand Prix of Finland. This keeps the KymiRing on the calendar until at least 2026.
The second instalment of the Grand Prix of Styria will take place at the Red Bull Ring on August 6-8, the weekend preceding the Austrian Grand Prix. Last year's Styrian event produced a thrilling race, with Miguel Oliveira sneaking down the inside of Jack Miller and Pol Espargaro at the final corner to clinch his and Tech3's maiden premier class victories.
In fact, the Red Bull Ring has produced some of the very best racing in the premier class in recent memory. Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez took the fight down to the final turn on multiple occasions, whilst Jorge Lorenzo also battled, and beat, Marquez to the line in 2018.
A limited number of spectators are expected to be able to attend both the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix.