Too many ‘roadblocks’ – Asia Road Racing Championship called off

Two Wheels Motor Racing Sdn Bhd promotions director Ron Hogg.

PETALING JAYA: The 2021 season of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship has been called off.

With the many administrative conditions being imposed due to the pandemic in each respective country, many of the racing teams are facing difficulties with their travel applications.

Differing quarantine procedures, lack of flights, and many other roadblocks have made it impossible for the Asian grid to re-assemble for 2021.

Malaysia and Thailand were slated to host a revised and shorter schedule sometime in December but Two Wheels Motor Racing director Ron Hogg said they are unable to continue because of the stringent restrictions.

“I would like to start off by expressing our gratitude to the Thailand government and especially to the Chang International Circuit.

“Working together, we have left no stone unturned in our bid to bring the grid together in 2021.

“We especially want to thank the Chang International Circuit, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Federation Motor Sports Club of Thailand. With the help of these agencies, we can confirm that we were trying as hard as possible up to the last moment. We worked hard to make it happen. However, not everything is within our control,” he said.

Hogg added that restrictions among the Asian countries are more stringent compared to the other regions like Europe.

“Bringing the grid together will be a very costly affair, especially with the required quarantine procedures when teams return home to their respective countries.

“Therefore, we believe that it would be better to consolidate all our resources to kick start the 2022 season. Rest assured, plans for 2022 will be announced in due time.”

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