In the latest round-up of MotoGP gossip, the coronavirus continues to dominate conversation...

- Valentino Rossi’s team lead calls to donate and support the Azienda Ospedaliera Marche Nord Hospital as Italy battles the coronavirus. The 41-year-old is aiming to buy new ventilation devices for the hospital plus other support and has issued details to anyone who wants to help donate. (Twitter)

- Andrea Dovizioso has opened up on the “psychological blow” the 2020 MotoGP season postponement has dealt riders who are forced to change routines for the first time in their careers. The Italian says he’s used to sticking to a strict plan while racing and travelling in between but he’s had to scrap it until the season resumes. ( via Marca)

- Former MotoGP team boss Livio Suppo says depending on what contracts riders have agreed with teams they could miss out on payment if races continue to be delayed amid the coronavirus crisis. (

- Ducati has hinted it is taking a calm approach to renewing its partnership with Andrea Dovizioso as he wants to wait and assess the competitiveness of both the Italian manufacturer and its MotoGP rivals. Naturally, Dovizioso’s contract talks have been delayed by the ongoing season postponement amid the coronavirus outbreak, with his current deal expiring at the end of this season. (

- MotoE has increased safety measures which will come into effect from the 2020 season. It includes making the bike produce noise when entering pitlane during the a track session and monitoring temperature and voltage of batteries at any time. ( – requires log in)