MotoGP has officially confirmed both the Italian and Catalunya rounds have been postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus crisis.

Yesterday (April 6) the Catalan government announced its MotoGP round at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya would not take place on its original schedule of June 5-7 with the knock-on effect pouring greater doubt on the Mugello race given it had been set to take place a week earlier on May 29-31.

MotoGP’s organising body has duly announced both races have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while both races will look for new dates later in the year.

“As the situation remains in a state of constant evolution, new dates for these Grands Prix, as well as the recently-postponed French and Spanish GPs, cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold the events,” a MotoGP statement read.

“A revised calendar will be published as soon as [it is] available.”

With Mugello and Barcelona off, Sachsenring has become the new provisional 2020 MotoGP opener, for the premier class given Moto2 and Moto3 seasons started in Qatar, but that race remains under threat on June 19-21 given Germany recently broke the 100,000 COVID-19 cases mark and remains the third-worst hit country in Europe by coronavirus.

After finding alternative dates for Buriram, COTA and Termas de Rio Hondo - 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. Mugello and Barcelona have also been added to the ‘TBC’ scheduling list.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has also warned it will be ‘difficult or impossible’ to hold any MotoGP events until a vaccine is found for coronavirus.

 

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 (postponed)

Mugello

5

7 June

Catalunya (postponed)

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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