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MotoGP Japan Grand Prix postponed

3/15/2011

LONDON -- Next month's Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle race has been postponed until October because of the catastrophic damage from the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks.

The race had been scheduled for April 24 and will still be held at the Motegi circuit, 75 miles north of Tokyo, on Oct. 2.

The International Motorcycling Federation said in a statement Tuesday it made the switch because of "the disasters" and a request from MotoGP race organizers.

The race was also postponed last year until October because of air travel disruption caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland.