The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause cancelations of MotoGP rounds.The latest victim of Coronavirus is the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi, the round originally slated for October 16-18.Twin Ring Motegi joined the calendar in 1999 and hosted the Japanese GP through 2019, except for 2000-2003 when the race was held at Suzuka.
Last year, MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) won ahead of Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.“It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the very unique Motegi circuit, meaning we will not have a Japanese Grand Prix on the calendar for the first time since 1986,” says Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports“The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to re-start the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible. For this reason, the FIM and Dorna, in consultation with IRTA and MSMA, have decided that, until mid-November, MotoGP will remain in Europe to do as many European MotoGP events as we are able to. Therefore, overseas events, if at all possible, should be scheduled after mid-November – which would be too late in the year for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan to be held.“For this reason it has been decided, in consultation with Mobilityland, that the Motul Grand Prix of Japan cannot be held in 2020. I very much thank Mobilityland for the support given to MotoGP.“On behalf of Dorna, I would also like to thank all the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We very much look forward to returning to Motegi next year.”This is the sixth round to be canceled so far in 2020 MotoGP.The others were:
Qatar GP at Losail (support classes ran)
German GP at Sachsenring
Dutch GP at TT Circuit Assen
Finnish GP at KymiRing
British GP at Silverstone
Australian GP at Phillip Island
2020 MotoGP Calendar: Revised
July 19: Spanish GP at Jerez (awaiting confirmation)
July 26: Andalusia GP at Jerez (awaiting confirmation)
August 9: Czech GP at Brno
August 16: Austrian GP at Spielberg
September 13: San Marino GP at Misano
September 27: Aragon GP at Alcaniz
October 4: Thailand GP at Buriram
November 1: Malaysian GP at Sepang
November 15: Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin
November 22: Argentinian GP at Termas de Rio Hondo
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.