MotoGP set for 15 rounds as three non-European races axed
MotoGP has today cancelled three flyaway grands prix that were scheduled to take place in 2020, but is poised to add a new race in Portugal.
The move reinforces the series as a solely Europe-based affair in a season that has been heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dorna Sports, the promoter of MotoGP, the FIM, the international motorcycling federation, and IRTA, the teams association, confirmed that the previously postponed grands prix in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia had now been cancelled because of complications relating to the health emergency.
However, Dorna has stressed its commitment to the three countries by renewing the deal for the Thailand Grand Prix at Buriram until 2026, and holding talks with the promoters of the events in Argentina and Malaysia about dates for their races at Termas de Rio Honda and Sepang respectively in 2021.
It has also been announced that an extra European round will take place this year, on the weekend of 20 to 22 November.
The host is to be revealed on 10 August but reports indicate it will be at Portimao in Portugal.
The addition of this race will take the number of rounds up to 15.
The delayed 2020 MotoGP season continues with the third round, the Czech Grand Prix in Brno, on 7 to 9 August.
FIM president Jorge Viegas said on Friday: "I would like to thank Dorna, all the teams, the national federations and local organisers for enabling us to get back on track. In doing so, we adapt every day and we will have a very complete and competitive FIM MotoGP World Championship in 2020. The location of the 15th Grand Prix will be announced soon, and we will be back - stronger than ever!"