MotoGP 2021 – City of Brno will not host 2021 Czech Republic GP
The city of Brno has hosted a round of the MotoGP championship since 1987, although the links with motorcycle sport and the country go back to 1965. All that will change for 2021 though, after Dorna requested the venue upgrade the venue at an estimated cost of nearly €3m.
The event had been missing from the initial draft of this year’s calendar, but with a date reserved pending a complete resurfacing, as requested by the riders on safety grounds.
However, the Covid pandemic and resulting absence of any trackside spectators (Brno used to pull in close to 200,000) made the cost of such work hard to justify.
Brno’s reserved date was subsequently removed from last month’s calendar update and the circuit has now officially confirmed it will not hold any world championship events in 2021.
“We have many years of experience in organising world championship competitions and we know the economics very well. No sporting or cultural event of world importance is economically possible to organise without proper public support,” explained Ivana Ulmanová, Director of Automotodrom Brno.
As such, Brno will now focus on domestic motorsport and the commercial lease of the racetrack to clubs and agencies, pending the Covid restrictions.
No mention was made of whether the circuit hopes to return to the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2022, or of any plans for a resurfacing in the near future.
Rookie Brad Binder made history for KTM with its first ever MotoGP win in last year’s Brno race.
PROVISIONAL 2021 MOTOGP CALENDAR – JANUARY UPDATE
|1||28 March||Qatar (Evening race)||Losail|
|2||4 April||Doha (Evening race)||Losail|
|5||16 May||France||Le Mans|
|10||11 July||Finland (Subject to homologation)||KymiRing|
|11||15 August||Austria||Red Bull Ring|
|12||29 August||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|14||19 September||San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini||Misano|
|17||24 October||Australia||Phillip Island|
|19||14 November||Comunitat Valenciana||Ricardo Tormo|
|Postponed Grands Prix:|
|Reserve Grand Prix Venues:|
|Indonesia (Subject to homologation)||Mandalika|
|2021 Pre-season Testing:|
|5 March||Qatar Shakedown Test||Losail|
|6-7 March||Qatar Official Test||Losail|
|10-12 March||Qatar Official Test||Losail|
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