Razlan Razali, team principal of Petronas Yamaha and CEO of the Sepang circuit, has issued the following statement, urging everyone 'to do whatever is possible to minimise the risk" of spreading the coronavirus and supporting MotoGP organisers in the face of ongoing calendar delays.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented time in our history. It has affected and impacted on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon, the global economy and the way we live our daily lives," Razali said.

“Our love and passion in motorsports whether it be two or four wheels, circuit or off road is essentially entertainment. It pales in significance to the pandemic we face and the priority is the well being and health of the global fans and our crew members.

“We remind and urge everyone to do whatever is possible to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, adhere to your respective Government instructions and stay at home.

“We stand united and in full support to Dorna, the FIM and IRTA on the changes to the calendar and steps taken to ensure that MotoGP will continue this year.”

Razali was one of the first in MotoGP to foresee the significance of the coronavirus on the world championship, warning in early February, when the sport gathered at Sepang for the opening pre-season test: "Hopefully this coronavirus epidemic will end soon. If not, then it'll be very difficult for everybody..."

Malaysia, which traditionally hosts the penultimate round of the season, has been moved forwards to round 17 of 20 due to the revisions so far announced.

However, with no racing expected until at least June, further event changes and some cancellations appear inevitable.

 

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar (March 26)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar (no MotoGP class)

Losail

2

3 May

Spain (postponed)

Jerez

3

17 May

France

Le Mans

4

31 May

Italy

Mugello

5

7 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

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

11

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

12

13 September

San Marino

Misano

13

27 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

4 October

Thailand

Chang

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

Ricardo Tormo

 

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