MotoGP motorcycle race organizers hope for a return to normalcy by 2021 reservation 20 races, including the Thai Grand Prix in October at Buri Ram. The MotoGP motorcycle racing season is set to begin as usual. It kicks off in Qatar on March 8 and therefore ends in Valencia, Spain on November 14.
Most motorcycle races scheduled for 2020 have been called off as the pandemic swept the world and severely restricted international travel. The Thai Grand Prix, at the Chang International Circuit in Buri Ram, was originally scheduled to take place on March 22 but has been postponed to October 4. But in August, the organizers decided to give up MotoGP racing altogether.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP organizers Dorna Sports, said on Friday: “We will try to get back to normal (in 2021). We have discussed with all the promoters and made the normal schedule because it is also important to block the days and to know exactly on which days there will be the Grands Prix.
“We hope we can do it. There is obviously a lot that we don’t know yet. This is why we have included three reserve Grands Prix to be awarded where possible and also taking into account the weather conditions of each location.
Two of the reserve dates are in Europe – Portimao in Portugal and St. Petersburg in Russia – and the third in Mandalika in Indonesia.
The provisional MotoGP motorcycle racing calendar is as follows:
- Qatar (Losail, night class) March 28
- Argentina (Termas de Rio Hondo) April 11
- United States (Austin) April 18
- Spain (Jerez) May 2
- France (Le Mans) May 16
- Italy (Mugello) May 30
- Catalunya (Barcelona) June 6
- Germany (Sachsenring) June 20
- Netherlands (Assen) June 27
- Finland (KymiRing) July 11
- Austria (Spielberg) August 15
- Great Britain (Silverstone) August 29
- Aragon (Alcaniz, Spain) September 12
- San Marino (Misano) September 19
- Japan (Motegi) October 3
- Thailand (Buri Ram) October 10
- Australia (Phillip Island) October 24
- Malaysia (Sepang) October 31
- Valencia (Ricardo Tormo circuit, Spain) November 14
The date and location of an event has not yet been announced, but it will likely take place between July 11 and August 15.
Meanwhile, MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi said being forced into quarantine for 24 days at home after testing positive for COVID-19 last month was “a difficult experience” upon his return to Tunisia. MotoGP.
The Yamaha rider was forced to miss Aragon’s double header last month. Because he tested positive for the virus at home in Italy after the French Grand Prix.
His participation in this week’s European Grand Prix was in doubt when he tested positive again on Tuesday earlier this week, with Yamaha American World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff put on hold to replace Italian.
Rossi eventually cleared two more COVID-19 tests and was cleared to return to combat on Saturday. With Gerloff takes his place for Friday’s race.