The Czech Grand Prix, one of the oldest events in MotoGP World Championship racing, will not happen in 2021.
“The management of Automotodrom Brno decided not to hold world championships in the future,” read a translated statement on the track’s website. “‘We have many years of experience in organizing world competitions and we know the economy of such [an event] very well. No sporting or cultural event of world importance is economically possible to organize without proper public support,’ explained Ivana Ulmanová, Statutory Director of Automotodrom Brno.”
The statement continued: “For most of the active season, in addition to traditional companies, Automotodrom Brno will focus on the commercial lease of the racetrack to clubs and agencies.”
Dorna, commercial rights holder of the MotoGP World Championship, left a spot open for Brno on its tentative 2021 schedule, but that “To Be Determined” round was removed from the latest version of the 2021 MotoGP calendar released on January 22.
The FIM Grand Prix World Championship raced on closed-off public roads in the Brno area from 1965 through 1982, when the Czech Grand Prix paused due to safety reasons.
The Automotodrom Brno, a dedicated road course, opened in 1986 and first hosted the FIM Grand Prix World Championship in 1987.
From 1987 until 2020, the Czech Grand Prix was held at Automotodrom Brno every year except 1992.
That’s 52 years of Brno hosting Grand Prix motorcycle racing, which is second only to the Assen TT Circuit, which has hosted the FIM Grand Prix World Championship since it started in 1949.