The FIM have confirmed rumours, and at the request of the organisers, that the Japanese round of the championship, originally scheduled for 24th April at the circuit Twin Ring Motegi has been pushed back to the 2nd of October due to the multitude of disasters that have hit the country in recent days.

The Twin Ring Motegi Circuit is situated 120km north of the capital Tokyo, with many areas around Motegi dealing with the after affects of the tsunami following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off shore, as well as the ever developing nuclear crisis.

The race was going to be re-scheduled to 9th October to create a triple header with Australia and Malaysia but the date clashed with the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The 2011 calender is now as follows :

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 – United States – Indianapolis
September 4 – San Marino – Misano
September 18 – Aragon – Motorland Aragon
October 2 – Japan – Motegi
October 16 – Australia – Phillip Island
October 23 – Malaysia – Sepang
November 6 – Valencia – Ricardo Tormo Valencia