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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 -- The official winter test of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship which was supposed to be held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on February 19-21 has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
According to a statement issued by Dorna Sports tonight, the decision was made after consulting the International Road Racing Teams Association (IRTA) and also the International Automobile Association (FIM).
Dorna Sports is the holder of MotoGP’s exclusive commercial and television rights.
The statement also revealed that the shakedown test which was scheduled to take place on February 14-16 at SIC was also called off due to the same reason.
"The Qatar Test, set to take place at Losail International Circuit from March 10 to 12 is still on at the moment and any further update or change will be provided as soon as it is available," the statement added.
Both tests were called off following the latest statement by the government to enforce the 14-days Movement Control Order (MCO) in six states to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The 2021 MotoGP World Championship will commence with the Qatar GP at the Losail International Circuit on March 26-28.