The FIM officially announced today that “due to the disasters that have hit Japan in the last few days and a consequent request from the organiser, the Japanese Grand Prix, at the circuit of Twin Ring Motegi (120 km north of Tokyo), originally scheduled on April 24, has been postponed to 2 October 2011.”
The new calendar looks as follows:
March 20th Qatar* (Losail)
April 3rd Spain (Jerez)
May 1st Portugal (Estoril)
May 15th France (Le Mans)
June 5th Catalunya (Catalunya)
June 12th Great Britain (Silverstone)
June 25th Netherlands** (Assen)
July 3rd Italy (Mugello)
July 17th Germany (Sachsenring)
July 24th United States*** (Laguna Seca)
August 14th Czech Republic (Brno)
August 28th Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
September 4th San Marino & Riviera di Rimini (Misano)
September 18th Aragón (MotorLand)
October 2nd Japan (Motegi)
October 16th Australia (Phillip Island)
October 23rd Malaysia (Sepang)
November 6th Valencia (Ricardo Tormo – Valencia
The Rizla Suzuki has also just issued a press release:
The Japanese Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday 24th April has been postponed in light of the earthquake and Tsunami that struck the country last Friday.
Following a request to Dorna and the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) from the promoters of the Japanese Grand Prix, it has been decided to postpone the race until later in the season. The race will now take place on Sunday 2nd October, two weeks after the Aragon GP and a fortnight before the Australian GP.
This is the second year in succession that the Japanese Grand Prix has had to be re-arranged due to natural disasters, after the 2010 event was cancelled from its original date due to the Icelandic volcano that erupted and caused flight cancellations due to the ash cloud.
Rizla Suzuki would like to send its deepest sympathy to everyone in Japan during this time of great sorrow and hopes the country and people make a full recovery from such a huge disaster.