MotoGP calendar changed again after Argentina is delayed

Lewis Duncan
motorsport.com

The outbreak of coronavirus and ever-tightening travel restrictions led to MotoGP having to cancel its original season opener in Qatar, with Thailand and Austin subsequently postponed in the week following as Italy placed all of its citizens under quarantine until at least April 3.

Just hours after a new calendar was issued confirming the Argentina race as the new season opener when Austin was moved back to November 15, the Rio Hondo race was plunged into doubt when Argentina announced a ban on all international sporting events due to coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Motorsport.com reported Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed a race to replace Qatar prior to Argentina was being considered.

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In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the FIM has confirmed Argentina has been moved to November 22 – taking the slot of Valencia, which was pushed back a week to accommodate Austin's new date.

The Valencia finale will now take place on November 29, which means two triple-header runs of races to end the season, with Austin, Argentina and Valencia following the traditional Japan, Australia, Malaysia triple-header – which, in turn, follows back-to-back events in Aragon and Thailand.

The statement also notes that dates for the post-season Moto2 and Moto3 tests in Valencia and the three-day MotoGP test at Jerez will be announced "once the season is underway".

Pending a possible Qatar replacement, the season is now due to start on May 3 with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Revised MotoGP 2020 calendar:

Date

Event

Venue

March 8

Qatar - Moto2 and Moto3 only

Losail

May 3

Spain

Jerez

May 17

France

Le Mans

May 31

Italy

Mugello

June 7

Catalunya

Barcelona

June 21

Germany

Sachsenring

June 28

Netherlands

Assen

July 12

Finland

KymiRing

August 9

Czech Republic

Brno

August 16

Austria

Red Bull Ring

August 30

Great Britain

Silverstone

September 13

San Marino

Misano

September 27

Aragon

Motorland Aragon

October 4

Thailand

Buriram

October 18

Japan

Motegi

October 25

Australia

Phillip Island

November 1

Malaysia

Sepang

November 15

GP of the Americas

COTA

November 22

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

November 29

Valencia

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