MotoGP news: Finnish Grand Prix cancelled due to 'geopolitical situation'

MotoGP was scheduled to head to Finland in July, but the ongoing situation with Russian aggression has seen the Grand Prix cancelled.

Just seven races into the MotoGP season, the International Motorcycling Federation have announced that they've cancelled the upcoming Finnish Grand Prix.

MotoGP was due to head to Finland for the first Grand Prix in the country since 1982, but the "ongoing geopolitical situation" was deemed too dangerous for a race event to be held.

The country recently applied to join NATO, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and with Finland sharing a border with Russia, MotoGP have decided to cut down the season to just 20 races, with no replacement yet announced for the cancellation.

The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) announced that the race would be cancelled on Wednesday afternoon, and released the following statement:

"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.

"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 KyimiRing circuit in Finland was officially opened in 2019, but will have to extend the wait to four years until it witnesses MotoGP action.

Instead, the sport will head to the Netherlands on June 26 for the Dutch TT, before heading straight to Silverstone for the British GP on August 7.

Next up in the schedule, MotoGP heads to Italy and the Mugello Circuit, with the race starting this Sunday at 13:00 BST.

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