Coronavirus completely changed the scenario of a lot of things, even concerning MotoGP, considering that major class race has been cancelled, with only Moto2 and Moto3 who will take part at Qatar GP this weekend. Even Thailand GP has been postponed with Buriram race who is about to replace Aragon one, which is most likely going to be anticipated.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta expressed his thoughts about the situation in a radiophonic interview on Onda Cera, discussing about the possibility to anticipate Aragon GP and posticipate Thailand one. Surely there will not be any closed doors GP; it was one of the hypothesis on the line, but it would be catastrophic for everyone.
MotoGP start is planned for Austin considering what happened and this the plan of Ezpeleta as well: “We want MotoGP Championship to start in Austin – said Dorna CEO – while Thailand GP is probably going to replace Aragon one on the calendar, who could see MotoGP guys on track on another date. Anyway, we still have to discuss with Aragon organizers, so there is nothing certain at this point”.
In the last days we saw many reactions of MotoGP riders, with pretty much everyone sad about the news. Anyway, Aleix Espargaro criticized a lot the decision of deleting the first race of the year and did not have sweet words on everyone. Carmelo Ezpeleta had something to say about that: “Aleix Espargaro does not know what happened, I will talk with him. I do not now what he thinks, but he should know that I do not like to suspend races. When he make a brake mistake, I do not criticize him..”