Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta released strong words in the last days about 2020 MotoGP and World SBK season, saying that the cancellation of the year was no longer an impossible scenario. Ezpeleta highlighted also how it is not necessary to have a minimum of 13 races to crown a World Champion, but he is not optimistic about the possibility on going on track soon and even for the whole year.
The ongoing Coronavirus emergency blocked every sports activity across the World and forced to stop a lot of events: anyway, World SBK had the chance to race for the opening round in Australia at Phillip Island, while Moto2 and Moto3 were able to race in Qatar. These are the only races we saw during this year and might are the only one we saw for the whole 2020.
At the moment, 2020 MotoGP Season start is set on 21th June with German GP at Sachsenring, but current emergency will probably force organizers to postpone also that race after having delayed Thailand GP, Argentina GP, Americas GP, Spanish GP, Italian GP and Catalan GP, with the possibility to have a shortened calendar for this Championship as a real target.
Dorna Sports released today a statement where told us that racing is their main priority: “The coronavirus pandemic is ongoing and has already resulted in revisions to the 2020 calendar for the MotoGP World Championship, including the postponement of rescheduling of a number of events. In light of the continued uncertainty, Dorna Sports would like to reaffirm that racing is our top priority in 2020”.
There are “continuous discussion between FIM, IRTA, the MSMA and Grand Prix Promoters as we closely monitor the situation, keeping channels of communication and support between each pillar of our sport as open as possible. The aim of every party involved is to begin racing again as soon as it is save to do so”
'Our number one focus has always been and will remain on trying to run the 2020 season with as many Grands Prix as possible, finishing within the 2020 calendar year. However, we will always act in line with health and safety advice from governments and relevant health authorities.
'If the pandemic continues to put our lives and sport on hold for longer than any of us are able to anticipate and travel restrictions remain in place, only as a last resort would Dorna Sports ever consider discussing cancellation of the 2020 season with the FIM, IRTA and the MSMA.
'Our number one focus for WorldSBK is likewise trying to run the 2020 season with as many Rounds as possible once it is safe to do so.
'The priority of all parties involved is to race, safely, and bring our fans more of what they love: motorcycle racing.'