Catalunya is yet to officially join the list of postponed MotoGP rounds, still holding its original June 5-7 date, but the regional government says the event will be delayed.

Gerard Figueras, Catalunya's Secretary-General for Sport, told lesportiudecatalunya.cat:

"Neither the Spanish F1 GP [already postponed] nor the Catalunya MotoGP will be held on their scheduled dates. As of today, a decision to cancel the two events has not yet been made, but we are waiting [to see] if they can be relocated on the calendar."

Of all the European countries, Spain and Italy have been hit hardest by the coronavirus at present.

The news that Barcelona, originally scheduled as round eight, will be dropping away means it will be an even greater shock if the previous Mugello race (May 31) - now pencilled in as the belated premier-class season opener - goes ahead.

Assuming Mugello and Barcelona are called off, the opening round would be pushed back to Sachsenring on June 21. But Germany has now joined Spain and Italy in recording over 100,000 coronavirus cases…

Assen (The Netherlands) and KymiRing (Finland) are the only other events before the 'summer break'.

After finding alternative dates for Buriram, COTA and Termas - thus maintaining its plan to hold all 19 remaining rounds after Qatar - MotoGP has changed tact, simply announcing Jerez and Le Mans as postponed, with no new date decided until the start of racing becomes clearer.

With each day that passes, event cancellations and a much shorter 2020 season are more likely. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta recently explained that racing won't take place too deep in the winter to avoid spoiling the 2021 calendar.

Jorge Lorenzo is due to make his Yamaha MotoGP return as a wild-card at the Catalunya round.

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP cancelled)

Losail

2

3 May

Spain (postponed)

Jerez

3

17 May

France (postponed)

Le Mans

4

31 May

Italy

Mugello

5

7 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

14 June

 

 

6

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

7

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

 

5 July

 

 

8

12 July

Finland

KymiRing (Subject to homologation)

 

19 July

 

Summer break

 

26 July

 

Summer break

 

2 August

 

Summer break

9

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

10

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

 

23 August

 

 

11

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

 

6 September

 

 

12

13 September

San Marino

Misano

 

20 September

 

 

13

27 September

Aragon

Aragon (rescheduled)

14

4 October

Thailand

Buriram (rescheduled)

 

11 October

 

 

15

18 October

Japan

Motegi

16

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

17

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

 

8 November

 

 

18

15 November

Americas

Circuit of the Americas (rescheduled)

19

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo (rescheduled)

20

29 November

Valencia

Ricardo Tormo (rescheduled)

 

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