PETALING JAYA: The Round 1 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, which was scheduled to be held at the Sepang International Circuit from June 4-6, will be postponed to a later date in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in Asia over the past month.
This is in accordance with requests from the majority of the participating teams and riders.
Even though the season-opener had been given the greenlight to proceed from the Malaysian government, the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship stand together with the teams and riders and agree that health was more important.
Two Wheels Motor Racing director Ron Hogg said a new calendar for 2021 would be released soon.
“I would like to express our gratitude to the government, especially the officials in the Youth and Sports Ministry, the National Security Council and the Health Ministry for giving us the greenlight to proceed with our season opener, ” said Ron.
“However, we, as the promoters, concur with the views of our participating teams and riders that it would be more prudent to postpone instead of pushing through with the first round.
“At the same time, international travel within the Asian region is also becoming increasingly difficult. The tightening of national borders in response to the rise in cases has restricted air travel to and from certain countries, making it hard for the teams to plan their travel schedule.
“We would like to apologise to our Asian motorsports fans who have been waiting eagerly for the action to start.
“I would like to assure everyone that this season is merely postponed, and will certainly take off by the latter half of the year.
“Meanwhile, we hope that everyone will continue to stay safe. Let’s do our part to keep the Covid-19 pandemic under control so that sports can get back to action as soon as possible.”