The 2021 MotoGP Sepang winter test and shakedown have been officially cancelled as announced by the FIM, IRTA, and Dorna Sports. This is following the state of emergency declaration here in Malaysia in the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Proposals and planning for the first MotoGP test sessions of the season were well underway, but the state of emergency announcement made by our King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, together with our Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has stopped those plans dead in its tracks.
This might also be an indicator that the newly-imposed Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) will most likely be extended after the first two-week period since the Sepang winter test was scheduled from 19-21 February 2021. Daily cases which are in the thousands right now and two weeks won’t probably be enough to lessen the numbers to a safe level.
As of now, the entire MotoGP grid will prepare themselves for the Qatar test in Losail which will take place from 10-12 March 2021 with no further changes announced so far. Looking at how COVID-19 is still a major threat, more changes to the 2021 calendar will be made in due time. Stay tuned for more updates.