The 2020 Grand Prix of the Americas appears to have been cancelled as the United States continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

The event was originally scheduled at the top end of the 2020 MotoGP calendar just the virus was beginning to impact sporting schedules around the world, but Dorna was still hopeful the Circuit of The Americas round could be rescheduled for the latter end of the year.

However, it is understood this won’t go ahead now as the United States continues to feel the effects of the virus, with daily infection rates still rising and a number of nations putting a block on US citizens entering their borders.

Moreover, a check on the Circuit of The Americas website reveals the MotoGP event has been removed from its upcoming events page, though Formula 1 remains on there for now.

As it stands, MotoGP has confirmed a European-based 13-round calendar beginning on July 19th in Jerez to ensure it meets the basic criteria to be classified as an FIM World Championship. It will then run five events over six weeks, at Jerez and the Red Bull Ring (two each, back-to-back) and one at Brno in the Czech Republic.

However, it maintained four provisional overseas events in the USA, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia to be included in November and December, though a final decision on them taking place is due by the end of the month.

Despite the cancellation, COTA will almost certainly return to the schedule in 2021 with a date planned for April 16-18.