Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has told fans that full refunds will be issued should this year's British MotoGP or F1 round be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

At present the F1 event is in most danger, being scheduled for July 19 compared to August 30 for the MotoGP.

While F1 is now aiming to start its season in Baku on June 7, MotoGP is targeting Jerez on May 3. That date, plus MotoGP's plans to run all 19 remaining rounds, looks increasingly unrealistic.

Pringle promised that 'Silverstone, Formula 1 and MotoGP are doing all they possibly can to ensure we can run these [two] events on their planned dates' but fans will have the 'option of a full refund' should they be cancelled.

No mention was made of postponing rather than cancelling, which can cause difficulties for fans seeking refunds.

Of the four MotoGP events so far disrupted - Losail, Buriram, COTA and Termas de Rio Hondo - only Qatar has been cancelled (and still went ahead for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes) with the other three rounds postponed until later in the season. If, as seems likely, MotoGP cannot start at Jerez in May, further event cancellations seem inevitable.

Silverstone was forced to cancel its 2018 MotoGP race due to drainage problems, but fans were treated to a thrilling last-corner victory by Alex Rins on the resurfaced circuit last season.

The full letter from Stuart Pringle can be seen below…

‘I am writing to give an update on where we stand with our forthcoming events at Silverstone as the country continues to battle against the Coronavirus.

'This week, it has been announced by the sports’ governing bodies that all motorsport has been suspended in the UK to the end of April 2020 to support the British Government in its efforts to contain the spread of this virus.

'Many of you have booked tickets for our events later this summer including the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix and MotoGP and I fully appreciate you want to understand if these events will take place.

'The truth is, like so many other international sporting events scheduled to take place around the world, we cannot predict what the situation will be by the time we get to the summer months. However, I can wholeheartedly promise you that everyone at Silverstone, Formula 1 and MotoGP are doing all they possibly can to ensure we can run these events on their planned dates in July (F1) and August (MotoGP).

'In fact, as Formula 1’s CEO Chase Carey has stated, Formula 1 and the FIA do not expect to begin the Championship in Europe until after May although this is regularly being reviewed.

'I would like to reassure our fans that, should we be forced to cancel either Grand Prix, all customers who have purchased a ticket will be given the option of a full refund.

'We will, of course, continue to keep you updated as the situation in the UK evolves and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and patience in what is an extremely difficult time for everyone.

'Most importantly, I do hope you and your family members are safe at this worrying time.’

Stuart Pringle

Managing Director, Silverstone

 

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 (Subject to circuit homologation)

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

 

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