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Sport MotoGP postpones planned season opener at Jerez

14:34  26 march  2020
14:34  26 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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MotoGP had its season -opening Qatar race cancelled, with the following races in Thailand, Austin It had been hoped that the Jerez race on 3 May could be the official start of the 2020 season , but that was dashed on Thursday morning by MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports and governing body the FIM.

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The MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez due to run at the start of May has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking the fifth race to be scrapped.

The COVID-19 outbreak is now centered on Europe, with Formula 1 recently postponing its Dutch and Spanish GPs, while cancelling Monaco altogether.

MotoGP had its season-opening Qatar race cancelled, with the following races in Thailand, Austin and Argentina postponed to later in the year due to the ever-changing coronavirus situation.

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The schedule for Spanish MotoGP at the Circuito de Jerez -Angel Nieto, race information, times and results. Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport.

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It had been hoped that the Jerez race on 3 May could be the official start of the 2020 season, but that was dashed on Thursday morning by MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports and governing body the FIM.

Following the loss of the last four races, a new calendar was issued almost immediately by the FIM.

However, a new date for the Spanish GP will not be announced until the coronavirus situation worldwide becomes clearer.

The full FIM statement read: “The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the postponement of the Red Bull Gran Premio de España, which was set to be held at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto from the 1-3 May.

“The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has obliged the event to be rescheduled.

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The planned 2019 MotoE calendar, all in support of MotoGP races, was as follows: Jerez - 5th May Le Mans - 19th May Sachsenring - 7th July Austria - 11th August Misano - 15th September (Two Race Event).

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“As the situation remains in a state of constant evolution, a new date for the Spanish GP cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold the event.

“A revised calendar will be published as soon as available.”

It is expected the following French and Italian Grands Prix at Le Mans and Mugello respectively will also be axed from their current slots – with a decision on the former expected at the start of April, according to French GP promoters.

Jerez’s postponement also means the final pre-season test and opening round of the 2020 MotoE World Cup will not take place.

Dorna has previously expressed its hopes to still be able to run all 19 remaining races following Qatar’s cancellation, with the most recent revised calendar issued showing a run of eight races in 10 weeks with the season now not ending until 29 November in Valencia.

However, Dorna and the FIM has not ruled out running the year longer if necessary, while two-race weekends and races behind closed doors have also been mooted.

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The official 2020 MotoGP calendar, all the dates, circuits and countries from the MotoGP , Moto 2, Moto 3 and MotoE World Championships. Check the schedule and enjoy the best of the world of motorcycling.

MotoGP has postponed its planned return to Argentina until 2014 due to political rows. The event at the revamped Termas de Rio Hondo track had been scheduled as round To close the calendar gap created by Argentina's absence, the season opener in Qatar will be moved back one week to 7 April.

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