MotoGP will not return to Finland until 2023

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The Finnish Grand Prix will be cancelled for the 2022 season, with a postponement to 2023 due to the present geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine.

As Russia’s war on Ukraine continues, major breaches in global supply chains have resulted as sanctions against Russia become more severe.

Finland, a neighbouring country, has so proclaimed its intention to join NATO, causing consternation in Russia.

As a result, the FIM, the regulatory body of motorcycle racing, has indicated that homologation work at the KymiRing track would not be finished in time for the scheduled MotoGP race.

“Homologation works at the KymiRing, together with the risks caused by the ongoing geopolitical situation in the region, have sadly obliged the cancellation of the Finnish Grand Prix in 2022,” read an FIM statement.

“The current circumstances have created delays and put the ongoing work at the new circuit at risk.

“All parties have therefore agreed that the track’s debut must be postponed to 2023, when MotoGP looks forward to returning to Finland for the first time in four decades.

“The final 2022 FIM MotoGP World Championship calendar is therefore expected to comprise 20 rounds.”

Following the COVID-19 epidemic, the event at the KymiRing track was scheduled to join the MotoGP calendar in 2020, however it was postponed to 2021.

It’s been 40 years since the Imatra street circuit hosted a Finnish motorcycle grand prix, with 125cc, 250cc, and 350cc motorcycles competing.

Despite having a five-year contract to host a MotoGP race, which began in the 2018 season, the KymiRing has yet to produce any of its races due to global events beyond its control.

The top tier category, then the 500cc class, had its final race in Finland the previous season in Imatra, won by Suzuki’s Marco Lucchinelli.

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