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Motorcycles Ezpeleta not ruling out reduced 2021 MotoGP calendar

13:55  09 july  2020
13:55  09 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Official: 2020 no MotoGP race on the Sachsenring

 Official: 2020 no MotoGP race on the Sachsenring © GP-Fever.de No MotoGP bike will ride on the Sachsenring this year World Motorcycle Federation FIM and MotoGP promoter Dorna have completely canceled three grands Prix ​​announced. This affects the Sachsenring, Assen and the new KymiRing. As a result, there will be no MotoGP races in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland in the 2020 calendar year. According to the original calendar, the Sachsenring should have been driven on June 21st.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says preserving MotoGP 's current competitiveness is more important than swelling the calendar again in the Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.com, Ezpeleta insisted any attempts at calendar growth in the next few years must not compromise MotoGP ’s

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta admits running MotoGP races behind closed doors is a consideration A new calendar has confirmed Austin – originally round three – as the first race of the season, with Thailand He also confirmed that, because of track works being carried out at Losail

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says preserving MotoGP's current competitiveness is more important than swelling the calendar again in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Race start © Gold and Goose / LAT Images Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Race start

The global COVID-19 outbreak has forced MotoGP to trim down its 2020 calendar from 20 rounds to just 13 events across just eight circuits in 2020, marking the shortest calendar since the 1995 season.

Over the next two years, MotoGP was set to return to Indonesia and Brazil, with Portugal also touted for a return as part of a rotating set of races on the Iberian Peninsula that would include the four Spanish events currently on the calendar.

Valentino Rossi regrets ghost races: "We drive for the fans"

 Valentino Rossi regrets ghost races: © LAT There will be no full stands with MotoGP fans this year If the MotoGP season actually starts in August, the teams and drivers would have a very long time Pause behind. At the end of February, the last test was in Qatar. The break until August would then be five months, significantly longer than the regular winter break, which only includes December and January. "This will be new because it has never happened that we haven't ridden MotoGP for so long," says veteran Valentino Rossi.

On Wednesday, MotoGP governing body FIM confirmed that a revised calendar won’t feature the Finnish, German and – for the first time in history – Dutch GPs, while essential track works in Qatar have ruled it out of a slot in 2020. Last weekend, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said he was

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This was set to swell the schedule to 22 races by 2022, which Ezpeleta admits may not even be possible should a COVID-19 vaccine not become widely available by then.

Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.com, Ezpeleta insisted any attempts at calendar growth in the next few years must not compromise MotoGP’s current competitive state.

Asked about the planned rotation of future Spanish races, he said: “The world situation from next year will not be the same as we’ve had until now. I am not in a position to say that the 2022 calendar will be the one we planned before the coronavirus.

“We have the rotation contracts, some of them signed and others agreed. But I don't even know if we can hold 22 grands prix. We will have to adapt to the circumstances as we have done this year.

“It will also depend on whether the coronavirus vaccine is found. If there is not by then, we will still have to hold fewer races and rotate between all of them.

“We will not deny anything. What I am clear about is that we cannot do without the best thing we have, which is the level of competitiveness seen on the track.

“Having 15 or 16 bikes within a second [of each other] is what we have to preserve.”

Silverstone would be "disappointed" to lose MotoGP race .
Silverstone's Stuart Pringle says he would be "very disappointed" if the venue lost MotoGP after 2021, as he believes "one of the best circuits on their calendar just got better".Silverstone was the first home for grand prix motorcycle racing on the British mainland when the Isle of Man TT lost its world championship status at the end of 1976.

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