Due to growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak, the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports, the governing body of MotoGP, have postponed the third round of 2020 MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.The race, which was set for April 3 to 5 at the known Formula 1 circuit, was rescheduled for November 13 to 15. All classes are canceled.This rescheduling also pushes the final round of MotoGP at Valencia up to November 20 to 22.
This is not the first time the 2020 championship was affected by the coronavirus. Due to concerns of riders traveling from Italy, the MotoGP class of the opening round last weekend at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit was canceled.Moto2 and Moto3 went on as expected. Those riders were already present due to pre-season testing, so the worries were minimized.Round two at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit, originally scheduled for March 22, was also postponed due to travel restrictions attributed to coronavirus. The postponement date has yet to be reported.For more, check out our updated 2020 MotoGP Schedule.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!