No fans will be present during MotoGP's season-opening races at Jerez on July 19 and 26.

Jerez City Council recently announced they would seek a meeting with Dorna and the Andalusian Government to explore the possibility of having a limited number of spectators at the back-to-back MotoGP rounds, plus the following WorldSBK event.

That meeting has now taken place, where the three parties "unanimously agreed" to keep the races behind closed doors.

A press release by the local government added: "Different factors have been analysed to make the decision, including [crowd] capacity limitations, which would be reduced to a third to comply with the [social distancing] requirements to avoid new infections and with it a possible outbreak of COVID-19."

Allowing the public to be present would also involve "a significant extra cost for the organisation and the Circuit".

Instead, "all parties agreed that in the current circumstances efforts should focus on guaranteeing the safety of the teams and personnel, the continuity of the competition, avoiding [crowd] concentrations and… projecting the best image of Jerez, the province of Cádiz and Andalusia in these important sporting events."

The decision is not a surprise given the fate of the 2020 season could well depend on MotoGP proving it can hold two safe events at Jerez, where the sport's strict new safety protocol will be used for the first time. Allowing fans would only introduce another potential risk factor.

Jerez thus joins Catalunya in ruling out spectators this year but other circuits such as Misano, Le Mans and Valencia hope that if government coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed some fans will be able to attend.

The future of the four to-be-confirmed flyaways depends on the presence of fans, for cost reasons.

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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