Like the rest of the MotoGP paddock, Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli greeted the publication of the new-look 2020 calendar with joy and relief.

But he also underlined that the coronavirus-era world championship will be very different to the seasons before.

"Finally the wait is over!" Meregalli said. "I think the announcement of an updated 2020 calendar is happy news for every MotoGP fan – just as much as it is for us, the team members and our riders.

"The temporary halt in motorsport activity was, of course, crucial and the right thing to do, and we all had to play our part in the battle against Covid-19, but now we can look forward to better times.

"But that doesn‘t mean MotoGP is going to be 100% the same as it was."

A detailed safety protocol has been created by Dorna in order to receive government permission to hold the 13 races listed, at 8 different circuits.

The closed-door events will feature a smaller paddock, no fans plus extensive health and safety measures, including coronavirus testing, social distancing and PPE equipment.

"We have been preparing for the start of the 2020 MotoGP season for weeks now at the Yamaha Motor Racing headquarters, so we are ready to go, following all the required new health and safety regulations," Meregalli said.

"We‘ll have a smaller crew [45 maximum staff] and will be working with the mandatory Personal Protective Equipment, including face masks and face shields.

"The races will also be strange without the fans present at the track – we will certainly miss them – but I think we can all agree that it‘s great that we will finally be able to watch the riders in action again!"

The 2020 season has so far been reduced from 20 rounds to 13, all in Europe and including five double-headers - repeat visits to the same track. Some of the four remaining flyaway rounds might be added on at the end of the European season, if fans are allowed at the track.

This year's line-up will be the last for Valentino Rossi as a factory Yamaha rider, with Maverick Vinales joined by Fabio Quartararo for 2021. Rossi is currently in talks to swap places with the Frenchman, by joining the Petronas Yamaha team.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

15 July

Official Test

Jerez

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

(Final European race)

 

22 November

  
 

29 November

  

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Deadline for any Flyaway races.

MotoGP 2020: List of 'To Be Confirmed' events

1

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

2

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

3

15 November

Americas

COTA

4

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

18 October

Japan

Motegi

8

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

 

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