MotoGP 2020 Calendar Update – August 13th, 2020, h 10.00 am
As European nations laboriously begin to think about the post-COVID-19, Dorna and the FIM are putting together the pieces of the 2020 MotoGP calendar, torn apart by the Coronavirus emergency. Nothing is certain yet, and undoubtedly much will depend on the development of the pandemic and the individual measures taken by the different Countries in search of a difficult balance between economic recovery and public health.
It will be an Iberian-centric world championship, with 8 out of 15 races held on Spanish and Portuguese soil, including the four circuits of Jerez, Barcelona, Valencia, Aragon and Portimao. In addition, two Italian and two Austrian stages, respectively in Misano Adriatico and at the Red Bull Ring, from which Formula 1 planned to restart.
After the first race of the season in Qatar, followed by the global pandemic, the MotoGP™ season will start at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto in Spain with the Gran Premio Red Bull de España on July 19th and the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía on July 26th. Following a weekend off, we’ll head to the Czech Republic for the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky at Brno, before the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich and the Grand Prix von Styria at the Red Bull Ring in Austria all in the space of three weeks.
Three weeks later, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini and the Gran Premio di Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini, rounds six and seven of the MotoGP™ World Championship, on consecutive weekends, with the rescheduled Gran Premio Monster Energy de Catalunya at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya just one week later.
On October 11th, MotoGP will head to France with the rescheduled SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France taking place at Le Mans. Just one week later, the fourth double-header of the season will take place in Aragon – the Gran Premio Michelin de Aragón and the Gran Premio de Teruel. Then, two weeks later, the final two European rounds will take place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, with the European Grand Prix taking place on November 8th and the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana taking place on November 15th. The championship will be concluded the 22nd of November in Portimao (Portugal).
|1||08-mar-20||Losail||Grand Prix of Qatar|
|2||19-Jul-20||Jerez de La Frontera||Grand Prix of Spain|
|3||26-Jul-20||Jerez de la Frontera||Grand Prix of Andalusia|
|4||09-Aug-20||Brno||Grand Prix of Czech Republic|
|5||16-Aug-20||Spielberg||Grand Prix of Austria|
|6||23-Aug-20||Spielberg||Grand Prix of Styria|
|7||13-Sep-20||Misano Adriatico||Grand Prix of San Marino|
|8||20-Sep-20||Misano Adriatico||Grand Prix of Emila Romagna|
|9||27-Sep-20||Barcelona||Grand Prix of Catalunya|
|10||11-Oct-20||Le Mans||Grand Prix of France|
|11||18-Oct-20||Aragon||Grand Prix of Aragon|
|12||25-Oct-20||Aragon||Grand Prix of Teruel|
|13||08-nov-20||Valencia||Grand Prix of Europe|
|14||15-nov-20||Valencia||Grand Prix of Valencian Community|
|15||To be confirmed||Argentina||Grand Prix of Argentina|
|16||To be confirmed||Thailand||Grand Prix of Thailand|
|17||To be confirmed||Malaysia||Grand Prix of Malaysia|
The final calendar will therefore see 15 Grands Prix, after the last cancellations of the GP of the Americas, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia.
Finally, MotoGP will be (and this is almost certain) behind closed doors, with empty stands, deserted hospitality, and limited access for staff and professionals. Moreover, the entrances for the same teams are also quoted, because just 25 people of non-official teams and 40 official teams can be admitted.
If it seems obvious to confirm the uncertainty, it appears clear that it will be a very different World Championship in comparison with the previous ones.
However, this the MotoGP 2020 calendar can and must be a signal of optimism. Motorbikes on the track do not represent just a good starting point to join again the races, but also a way to bring the fans closer together, as well as giving relevance to the sponsors again.