Movement and crowd restrictions due to the coronavirus have caused disruption to the opening four rounds of the 2020 MotoGP season.

But of those four events, only Qatar is currently 'cancelled' for the premier-class with Thailand, the USA and Argentina being 'postponed' to the end of the season.

That would mean 19 of the scheduled 20 rounds would still go ahead.

But the situation in Europe (where the opening MotoGP race is currently scheduled for May 3 at Jerez in Spain) means more calendar updates are likely to be issued and, while the FIM is willing to race on into January, president Jorge Viegas acknowledged that some rounds could drop away.

"Imagine that several events have yet to be cancelled and that we have to resume racing much later, well, we will go as far as it takes to keep championships worthy of the name," Viegas said."If it is necessary, we will go until January 2021. For us, it is not taboo.”

Contractually, between the FIM and Dorna, there should be at least 13 MotoGP races, but few believe the FIM would not be willing to budge on that number under the exceptional circumstances. The FIM Endurance World Championship, for example, is held over just five rounds.

In your opinion, what would be the minimum number of races needed to hold a 2020 MotoGP World Championship 'worthy of the name'?

Vote below...

 

 

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar (March 11)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar (no MotoGP class)

Losail International Circuit

2

3 May

Jerez

Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto

3

17 May

France

Le Mans

4

31 May

Italy

Mugello

5

7 June

Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya

6

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

7

28 June

Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen

8

12 July

Finland*

KymiRing

9

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

10

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring - Spielberg

11

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

12

13 September

San Marino

Misano

13

27 September

Aragon

MotorLand Aragon

14

4 October

Thailand

Chang International Circuit

15

18 October

Japan

Motegi

16

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

17

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

18

15 November

Americas

Circuit of the Americas

19

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

20

29 November

Valencia

Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

*Subject to circuit homologation.

 

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