Motorcycle Racing News Japan MotoGP: Rescheduled Due to Quake

Japan MotoGP: Rescheduled Due to Quake

2011 Japan Earthquake

For the second consecutive year, the Japanese Grand Prix has been rescheduled due to Mother Nature.

The FIM reports this year’s Japan MotoGP at Twin Ring Motegi, which was originally scheduled for April 24, has been postponed to Oct. 2 due to the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated the country late last week.

The 2011 Japanese Grand Prix will now occur between the Aragon (Spain) and Australian MotoGP races.

Japan is continuing its relief efforts, attempting to recover from Friday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which subsequently caused a tsunami in the Northeastern region of the country. As of Tuesday, the death toll is more than 10,000, and now there is fear of a nuclear power-plant meltdown.

Last year’s Japanese Grand Prix was postponed due to the country being under an ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption. The race, which was also rescheduled to October, was won by Casey Stoner, then a Ducati Team rider.

The 2011 MotoGP Championship begins this weekend at Losail International Circuit, Qatar.

Updated 2011 MotoGP Calendar

  • March 20 Qatar* (Losail)
  • April 3 Spain (Jerez)
  • May 1 Portugal (Estoril)
  • May 15 France (Le Mans)
  • June 5 Catalunya (Catalunya)
  • June 12 Great Britain (Silverstone)
  • June 25 Netherlands** (Assen)
  • July 3 Italy (Mugello)
  • July 17 Germany (Sachsenring)
  • July 24 United States*** (Laguna Seca)
  • August 14 Czech Republic (Brno)
  • August 28 Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
  • September 4 San Marino & Riviera di Rimini (Misano)
  • September 18 Aragón (MotorLand)
  • October 2 Japan (Motegi)
  • October 16 Australia (Phillip Island)
  • October 23 Malaysia (Sepang)
  • November 6 Valencia (Ricardo Tormo – Valencia)

* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
*** Only MotoGP class

MotoGP images from 2010 Japanese GP

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...