The 2021 Formula 1 and MotoGP rounds in Australia have been officially cancelled following the formal announcement by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. The MotoGP round in Phillip Island and F1 round at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit aka Albert Park Circuit are axed from their respective calendars due to the ongoing health crisis concerning COVID-19 in the country.
The MotoGP round in Australia was set to take place from 22-24 October 2021 while the F1 round was scheduled for 19-21 November 2021. It's a huge blow to the season, especially MotoGP, considering that Phillip Island is arguably one of the best tracks for two-wheel motorsports in the entire calendar. The latest Delta COVID-19 proved itself to be a major risk when it comes to dealing with these two major races, and the Australian government won't be taking any chances pertaining to the matter.
Both race organisers will be looking into a suitable replacement in its place, as to how MotoGP had done when they replaced the recently cancelled Japan round to the United States of America. With the official cancellation of the Aussie round, this places a huge risk on the Malaysian MotoGP round which is set to take place at the end of October.
As most of you may already know, the Malaysian MotoGP round is set as one of the three flyaway races set back-to-back right in between Thailand and Australia. Thailand might go according to schedule as they've already opened up their borders for tourism activities, but we still have a long way to go when looking at our beloved country's National Recovery Plan to combat COVID-19 in Malaysia.
We also know that the MotoGP organisers won't be coming to Malaysia if fans are not allowed to attend the race venue at the Sepang International Circuit. Following all the cancellations and replacements, we won't be surprised if it too gets axed. Regardless, many will be disappointed. Hopefully, everyone can do their part and stop the spread of COVID-19 here in Malaysia because we're just itching for any motorsports action.