Franco Morbidelli is 'thankful' for the revised 2020 MotoGP calendar released last week, but admits it's a bittersweet feeling as an Italian.

"We have a 13 race calendar confirmed, with maybe a total of 16 including Malaysia, for 2020!" said the Petronas Yamaha rider. "Of course, it won’t be a normal calendar season but this is what’s possible at the moment, I think we just have to be thankful.

"We will miss the fans a lot and the normal GP weekend atmosphere, but we understand that this is a provisional situation and soon we will be back to normal life.

"To get there, we need to keep acting safely and responsibly. Dorna and IRTA have been able to organise what seemed impossible, so now we must follow all their advice and avoid any last minute issues.

"It’s a really tight calendar with 13 races in 18 weeks, so no mistakes can be made and it will be really tough with almost no rest. It will also be interesting to see how everyone faces this challenge."

The bittersweet feeling is due to the cancellation of the official Italian round at Mugello, but double-dose at Misano.

"As an Italian, I have a bittersweet calendar because we couldn’t race at Mugello - although I will be able to train there and every year we have to do some laps there as it’s so special for us - but we get to race at Misano twice. We rode there a lot recently with the Yamaha R1 so we have to take advantage of this!" Morbidelli said.

"It’s really important to have a date on the horizon and work towards it, because you don’t know how difficult it is to prepare yourself for a non-confirmed target. I’m looking forward to seeing our team members in Spain and ride my #21 YZR-M1."

Morbidelli will be the only rider on an A-Spec M1 this season with team-mate Fabio Quartararo joining Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi on a factory-spec bike.

Quartararo is confirmed as replacing Rossi for 2021 when The Doctor is tipped to join protegee Morbidelli at the Sepang team, although at present both Petronas seats are officially open.

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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