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
- November 29: Valencia GP at Ricardo Tormo circuit