Hafizh Syahrin and Khairul Idham Pawi were back on track at their local Sepang circuit yesterday, as guests of Zulfahmi Khairuddin's 'ZK Racing' SIC Junior team.

With their usual Speed Up Moto2 (Syahrin) and Honda Moto3 (Pawi) bikes unavailable, the pair - previously only able to train on kart tracks - were using the the 'ZK' Kawasaki machines.

Malaysia progressed to the 'recovery' stage of its coronavirus plan yesterday, allowing sport and recreational activities (such as the track day), although sporting events are still banned. The borders also remain closed to non-Malaysians.

The recovery phase will remain in place until August 31, after which a further easing of restrictions is expected should coronavirus cases continue to fall.

Malaysia was due to hold its MotoGP at Sepang on November 1, but Dorna's Carmelo Ezpeleta has now said that any flyaway races possible this season will be held after all of the European events, in a window from mid-November to mid-December.

Sepang is one of four flyaway rounds not yet officially cancelled and, along with Buriram in Thailand, is seen as having the best chance of going ahead. However, Ezpeleta made clear neither will happen unless fans are allowed to attend, due to cost reasons.

A revised calendar featuring the 'final' line-up of European circuits and dates - starting with Jerez in mid-July - is expected this week. A decision on any flyaways should be made by August.

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

 

18 October

Japan (cancelled)

Motegi

 

15 July

Official Test (proposed)

Jerez

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

  
 

18 October

  
 

25 October

  

8

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

 

8 November

  

9

15 November

Americas

COTA (rescheduled)

10

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo (rescheduled)

11

29 November

Valencia

Ricardo Tormo (rescheduled)

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Mid-December cut-off for races outside Europe

 

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