August 8, 2022

The Phillip Island MotoGP spherical gained’t be taking place this 12 months – and five-time 500cc world champion Mick Doohan isn’t too completely satisfied about it. 

The Australian Grand Prix Company board member isn’t the one one gritting his enamel.  With ongoing restrictions costing final 12 months’s Aussie Grand Prix to fold, riders and viewers alike had been wanting ahead to the following race to unite the observe – within the case of Doohan’s frustrations, for an Aussie to win it.

Aussie homestars Jack Miller and Remy Gardner

In accordance with a report from Crash.web, two Aussies had been carrying a number of potential for this 12 months’s residence race.  Manufacturing facility Ducati rider and residential star Jack Miller had been profitable races within the premier class, and with future Tech3 KTM rider Remy Gardner main the Moto2 world championship, probabilities had been excessive for an Aussie win.

Apart from that, followers had been merely desirous to see issues return to regular after the restrictions of 2020. 

cartoon caricatures of Jack Miller and Remy Gardner waiting for the next MotoGP Race
Phillip Island Christmas playing cards of 2020/2021, previous to the latest restrictions.

“I’m completely devastated that we’re not internet hosting the Australian Motorbike Grand Prix once more this 12 months at Phillip Island,” says Doohan, “particularly with the shape we’ve bought with Jack Miller in MotoGP and Remy Gardner in Moto2, who might have been able to win the championship total at Phillip Island”. 

Whereas followers are exempt from the view at Phillip Island for 2021, they are going to nonetheless have the ability to stay up for subsequent 12 months’s rounds, the place Miller and Gardner shall be sharing the identical grid. 

 front view of Carmelo Ezpeleta
MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta launched the next in a press release:

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“Sadly, we should wait one other 12 months to return to Victoria, however we very a lot stay up for seeing the Australian followers in 2022 and staging one other incredible occasion collectively – this time with two residence heroes, Jack Miller and Remy Gardner, on the premier class grid after we return”.

Paul Little, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman
Andrew Westacott, Chief Government Officer of the Australian Grand Prix Company (L) listens to Paul Little, Australian Grand Prix Company Chairman

Paul Little, Australian Grand Prix Company Chairman, mirrors these sentiments. 

“I want to reassure our motivated {and professional} employees, suppliers, and companions, in addition to the Victorian tourism and main occasions neighborhood, that we’ll work tirelessly to ship these iconic occasions in 2022.”

Fingers crossed for 2022, and ensure to assist the riders by staying updated on all issues MotoGP!