The Petronas Yamaha team isn't giving up hope of having a home Malaysian MotoGP in 2020.

An updated calendar, reshaped by the coronavirus, features 13 all-European rounds at eight different circuits, with the fate of the four remaining flyaways - including Sepang - still to be decided.

"The initial calendar is Europe-heavy, but Dorna are pushing hard for non-European races too, with a deadline of the end of July to finalise the schedule," said Petronas Yamaha team principal Razlan Razali

"There is still the possibility that we will make visits to America, Argentina, Thailand and/or Malaysia.

"Given how much progress has been made in the past seven weeks, there’s a lot of potential for many positive things to happen in the next seven weeks before the deadline."

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has stated that flyaway races will only be held - in a window from November 22-December 13 - if fans are allowed to attend, for cost reasons.

Buriram and Sepang are seen as having the best chance, but while Gun N' Roses famously sang about November Rain, December rain could be an issue for a rescheduled Malaysian Grand Prix - last year's inaugural Sepang 8 Hours endurance race (December 14) being reduced to just three hours of competitive action by a sustained downpour.

Meanwhile, Razali hopes that the closed-door restrictions that will greet MotoGP's opening pair of races at Jerez in mid-July can eventually be eased.

"Whilst we will be returning to race action, it will look rather different at the track," he said. "The first races will be without fans and with fewer people in the paddock than previously.

"In time, we hope to work back to normality but for now there are restrictions in place."

Fabio Quartararo will be competing in his second and final season for Petronas Yamaha this year, before moving to the factory team.

Sepang is yet to announce any riders for 2021, but is tipped to run Valentino Rossi alongside current rider Franco Morbidelli.

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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