MotoGP issues revised calendar following coronavirus disruptions
Friday 6th March, 2020 - 8:20am
Dorna has issued a revised calendar for the 2020 MotoGP season after cancellations and postponements of its opening rounds due to coronavirus measures.
This weekend’s Qatar round will proceed with Moto2 and Moto3 only while premier class running has been cancelled due to travel restrictions on those arriving from Italy.
The Buriram race weekend has now been rescheduled for the first weekend of October, triggering the move of the Aragon round forward one week to September 25-27.
Those are the only further changes for now, although Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is not willing to make any guarantees given the fluid nature of the coronavirus outbreak.
“What will happen in the future? This is something we can’t prevent,” said Ezpeleta.
“The situation keeps changing around the world, every day.
“The only thing I can say is that we will try to do everything possible; postpone or whatever.
“Our aim today is to work together, as we’ve been doing all this time, to try to make the Championship. In the best possible conditions, but to try to maintain the Championship with the maximum number of races we can. We are prepared to do that.”
Thailand’s move puts it back with the other Asia-Pacific flyaway races having occupied the same weekend last year.
As it stands, the first round of MotoGP in 2020 will be the Grand Prix of The Americas on April 3-5 (local time).
MotoGP 2020 calendar
|1||Qatar||Mar 8||Losail International Circuit||Moto2 and Moto3 only|
|2||Americas||Apr 5||Circuit of the Americas|
|3||Republica Argentina||Apr 19||Termas de Rio Hondo|
|4||Spain||May 3||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto|
|5||France||May 17||Le Mans|
|6||Italy||May 31||Autodromo del Mugello|
|7||Catalunya||Jun 7||Barcelona – Catalunya|
|9||Netherlands||Jun 28||TT Circuit Assen|
|11||Czech Republic||Aug 9||Automotodrom Brno|
|12||Austria||Aug 16||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|13||Great Britain||Aug 30||Silverstone|
|14||San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Sep 13||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|15||Aragón||Sep 27||MotorLand Aragón|
|16||Thailand||Oct 4||Chang International Circuit|
|17||Japan||Oct 18||Twin Ring Motegi|
|18||Australia||Oct 25||Philip Island|
|19||Malaysia||Nov 1||Sepang International Circuit|
|20||Comunitat Valenciana||Nov 15||Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo|