UPDATE: An official statement has now been released, no decision yet on an alternative date for the Thai MotoGP:

'As the global outbreak of coronavirus continues to develop, the Thai government has communicated that it won’t be possible to hold the OR Thailand Grand Prix on its original date. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna therefore regret to announce that the event, due to be held on the 22nd of March in Buriram, has been postponed.

'The FIM, IRTA and Dorna are currently evaluating if an alternative date is possible for the event later this season.

'Further updates will be published as soon as available.
'

Following the cancellation of the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix for the MotoGP class, round two in Thailand has now been 'postponed indefinitely'.

Although there has been no official comment from Dorna or the FIM, the Bangkok Post reports that the decision has been announced by Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

"It is necessary for us to postpone the OR Thailand Grand Prix 2020 in Buri Ram scheduled for late March for an indefinite period since Covid-19 has been declared a dangerous communicable disease which has sent a world-wide impact," Charnvirakul said.

"This is to reflect the government's seriousness in tackling the problem. The prime minister has been informed about this."

As with Qatar, assurances had previously been made that the event would go ahead as planned, only for a sudden U-turn as the spread of coronavirus continues.

It is not yet clear if the Buriram event - which boosted the most spectators of the season, with 226,655 fans in 2019 - will be rescheduled for later in the year. The two previous Thai GPs were held in early October and it was only moved forwards to March for 2020. 

As things stand, MotoGP will now hold its first race of the year in Texas on April 3-5 but that is also seen as being in major doubt, as is the following round in Argentina.

Rumours persist that the 2020 MotoGP season might not begin until the opening European round at Jerez in May... or beyond.

The planned MotoGP calendar can be seen below.

2020 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar*

Losail International Circuit

2

22 March

Thailand

Chang International Circuit

3

5 April

Americas

Circuit of the Americas

4

19 April

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

5

3 May

Jerez

Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto

6

17 May

France

Le Mans

7

31 May

Italy

Mugello

8

7 June

Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya

9

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

10

28 June

Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen

11

12 July

Finland**

KymiRing

12

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

13

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring - Spielberg

14

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

15

13 September

San Marino

Misano

16

4 October

Aragon

MotorLand Aragon

17

18 October

Japan

Motegi

18

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

19

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

20

15 November

Valencia

Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

 

 

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