With the first eight rounds of the 2020 season already canceled or postponed, the Czech Republic’s GP on August 9th is the next race on the calendar.
In June and July, the MotoGP races in Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland were canceled, announced Wednesday by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), and promoter Dorna Sports.
With the first eight rounds of the 2020 season already canceled or postponed, the Czech Republic’s GP on August 9th is the next race on the calendar. The current coronavirus epidemic has forced all three activities to be canceled, they said in a joint statement.
The German Grand Prix was scheduled at the Sachsenring from June 19-21 and the Dutch MotoGP at Assen from June 26-28, the only circuit that has held a motorcycle grand prize every year since the championship started in 1949.
The Finnish race was scheduled for the first time from 10-12 July at the brand new KymiRing. All three countries have banned large gatherings for combating coronavirus spread.
It is with great disappointment that we are announcing the cancelation of these three important Grands Prix, said in a statement Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
We look forward to returning to the Sachsenring and the Assen TT Circuit in 2021, and look forward to the latest KymiRing’s Grand Prix debut next season.
The 2020 season’s first eight rounds had already been canceled or put off.
While the next race still standing on the calendar is the Czech Republic’s GP at Brno on August 9th, Ezpeleta on Monday suggested trying to start the season in Europe at the end of July, adding that the most likely scenario was a spectators race.
He said “the most important thing” was “to coordinate races on television and broadcast them.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a Dorna spokesman told AFP that the French MotoGP, originally scheduled for May 15-17 at Le Mans, “hopes to be able to confirm on a potential new date by May 15”