UPDATE: The Australian MotoGP has now also been cancelled.

Silverstone has officially confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 British MotoGP.

Circuit Managing Director, Stuart Pringle, issued the following statement explaining that 'logistical restrictions under the current [coronavirus] situation, combined with a shortened and rearranged MotoGP calendar' mean the British round has now joined Losail, Assen, Sachsenring and Kymiring in withdrawing from the 2020 line-up. 

The news was expected, with Suzuki team manager Davide Brivio recently lamenting "we're not going to race in Silverstone where we won twice in the last four years."

It is the second time in three years that the Silverstone MotoGP race has been abandoned, with drainage problems forcing the cancellation of the 2018 MotoGP race.

Pringle's message to ticket holders reads:

'As promised, I am writing to let you know the latest regarding the 2020 British Grand Prix MotoGP at Silverstone.

'It is with the deepest of regret we are letting you know the 2020 round of the MotoGP world championship, due to be held at Silverstone on August 28 - 30, will not be going ahead.

'Despite months of work behind-the-scenes to try and make this key event happen, logistical restrictions under the current situation, combined with a shortened and rearranged MotoGP calendar, has caused the cancellation of the event.

'Our obligations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing and delivering the event, our volunteer marshals and Race Makers, and of course, the amazing fans, means this is the best, safest and only decision to be made.

'The global Coronavirus pandemic has been an enormous challenge for the UK and Silverstone and I wish to thank all of you for your patience during this time.

'Nothing matters more to Silverstone and our owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, than taking care of our motorsport fans. I would like to reassure customers who have purchased a ticket that they will be given the option of either transferring their booking directly to 2021, or taking a full refund. All customers will be contacted in the next few weeks with full details, so we do ask them to please be patient with us as we work through all our bookings.

'A thank you for key workers

'I can also confirm that next year, we intend to give away thousands of tickets for the 2021 event to NHS and other key workers who have literally been putting their lives on the line for us all, during these challenging times. No one can be in any doubt of the huge debt of gratitude we owe to them.

'Thank you for your patience, loyalty and support.'

Stuart Pringle

Managing Director, Silverstone

Silverstone is still tipped to hold the British F1 Grand Prix this season with plans for two back-to-back events, held behind closed doors, in August. Prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to ensure F1 personnel are exempt from the upcoming 14-day quarantine so that the races can go ahead unimpeded.

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP cancelled)

Losail

 

17 May

France (postponed)

Le Mans

 

31 May

Italy (postponed)

Mugello

 

7 June

Catalunya (postponed)

Barcelona

 

21 June

Germany (cancelled)

Sachsenring

 

28 June

Netherlands (cancelled)

Assen

 

12 July

Finland (cancelled)

KymiRing

 

30 August

Great Britain (cancelled)

Silverstone

 

25 October

Australia (cancelled)

Phillip Island

1

19 July

Spain (proposed)

Jerez (rescheduled)

2

26 July

Andalusia (proposed)

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

 

23 August

  
 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

5

13 September

San Marino

Misano

 

20 September

  

6

27 September

Aragon

Aragon (rescheduled)

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram (rescheduled)

 

11 October

  

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

 

25 October

  

9

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

 

8 November

  

10

15 November

Americas

COTA (rescheduled)

11

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo (rescheduled)

12

29 November

Valencia

Ricardo Tormo (rescheduled)

November seen as cut-off for European races

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Mid-December seen as cut-off for races outside Europe

 

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