Valentino Rossi is set race his home track - the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - on two separate occasions in 2021 as the Italian venue replaces October’s visit to Malaysia.
Due once again to the ongoing global Covid-19 situation, the decision to cancel the final scheduled ‘flyaway’ event was announced on Thursday with Misano stepping in to the breech, much to the delight of the yellow army, as Rossi completes his final season of Grand Prix competition.
A statement reads:
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, which was set to take place at Sepang International Circuit from the 22nd to the 24th of October.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting entry restrictions for Malaysia oblige the cancellation of the event.
The FIM MotoGP™ World Championship looks forward to returning to Sepang in 2022 to race in front of our dedicated Malaysian fans.
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are pleased to confirm that MotoGP™ will return to Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from the 22nd to the 24th of October, the weekend previously scheduled for the Malaysian GP, for a second Grand Prix at the classic Italian track. The name of this event will be announced in due course.
The date for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini remains unchanged.