Following the cancellation of all MotoGP class activities during this weekend's Qatar Grand Prix, Moto2 will now become a night race.

The original schedule planned for the season-opening Moto3 race to start at 3pm, Moto2 at 4:20pm and then MotoGP at 6pm.

Since sunset in Qatar is around 5:30pm, only the premier-class would have been racing at night.

But with MotoGP called off due to Qatari travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Moto2 will now take over the 6pm slot, with the Moto3 start time moving to 4:20pm. Likewise, Moto2's final track sessions on Friday and Saturday will also now be illuminated by the floodlights.

The new schedule also means that planned live TV broadcasts of the MotoGP race can be replaced by live Moto2 instead.

The distance for the Moto3 and Moto2 races, which are going ahead since teams and riders are already in Qatar following the final pre-season test, will remain unchanged.

The revised Qatar Grand Prix schedule can be seen below.

Round two of the season, the Thai Grand Prix at Buriram, has been postponed for all classes but may be rescheduled for later in the season.

Friday:

13:25-14:05 Moto3 FP1

14:20-15:00 Moto2 FP1

17:05-17:45 Moto3 FP2

18:00-18:40 Moto2 FP2

Saturday:

12:55-13:35 Moto3 FP3

13:50-14:30 Moto2 FP3

17:05-17:20 Moto3 Qualifying 1

17:30-17:45 Moto3 Qualifying 2

18:00-18:15 Moto2 Qualifying 1

18:25-18:40 Moto2 Qualifying 2

Sunday:

13:10-13:30 Moto3 Warm-up

13:40-14:00 Moto2 Warm-up

16:20 Moto3 Race (18 laps)

18:00 Moto2 Race (20 laps)

 

2020 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP only)

Losail International Circuit

2

22 March

Thailand (Postponed)

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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