MotoGP postpones GP of the Americas due to coronavirus
Wednesday 11th March, 2020 - 7:37am
MotoGP’s Grand Prix of the Americas has been postponed from April to November following the enactment of local restrictions concerning the coronavirus outbreak.
That round has now been shunted back to November 13-15, a slot previously held at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
The Valencia round has in turn been rescheduled for a week later, preserving its status as the curtain-closer on the season.
Under such circumstances, organisers would need to prove that measures had been enacted in order to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and, more recently, FIM President Jorge Viegas have been vocal about their willingness to accommodate any number of changes which would maximise racing in 2020.
That includes the possibility of racing behind closed doors, as Formula 1 will do in Bahrain this month, as well as double-header rounds and extending the season into January.
There is no word yet from Dorna as to how Valencia’s move affects the post-season test which was to have taken place at Jerez on November 19-20.
Argentina, for now, is set to host Round 2 of the junior classes and Round 1 of MotoGP at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit on April 17-19 (local time).
MotoGP 2020 calendar
|1||Qatar||Mar 8||Losail International Circuit||Moto2 and Moto3 only|
|2||Republica Argentina||Apr 19||Termas de Rio Hondo|
|3||Spain||May 3||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto|
|4||France||May 17||Le Mans|
|5||Italy||May 31||Autodromo del Mugello|
|6||Catalunya||Jun 7||Barcelona – Catalunya|
|8||Netherlands||Jun 28||TT Circuit Assen|
|10||Czech Republic||Aug 9||Automotodrom Brno|
|11||Austria||Aug 16||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|12||Great Britain||Aug 30||Silverstone|
|13||San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Sep 13||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|14||Aragón||Sep 27||MotorLand Aragón|
|15||Thailand||Oct 4||Chang International Circuit|
|16||Japan||Oct 18||Twin Ring Motegi|
|17||Australia||Oct 25||Philip Island|
|18||Malaysia||Nov 1||Sepang International Circuit|
|19||Americas||Nov 15||Circuit of the Americas|
|20||Comunitat Valenciana||Nov 22||Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo|