FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports sadly announced this morning that Silverstone and Phillip Island will not take part at 2020 MotoGP Calendar. It was something expected but there was still a little chance to have this two tracks on Calendar but at the end the decision was inevitable. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the two Grands prix, planned for 28th-30th August and 23rd-25th October.
The two cancellations follow Qatar one, over Sachsenring, Kymiring and Assen, while we are still waiting to know Le Mans and Mugello’s future, with a lot of doubts on the Asiatic rounds and the Americas ones.
Silverstone reassured that customers will have a refund or the possibility to transfer their 2020 ticket for the 2021 Grand Prix and same for Phillip Island who will provide full refunds.
Here is what Stuart Pringle, Silverstone Managing Director, Paul Little AO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman and Carmelo Ezpeleta said.
Stuart Pringle, Silverstone Managing Director: “We are extremely disappointed about the cancellation of the British MotoGP event, not least as the cancelled race in 2018 is still such a recent memory, but we support the decision that has had to be taken at this exceptional time.
“I want to thank the stoic British fans for their patience and support. We must now look forward to 2021 when Silverstone will once again host the fastest and most historic MotoGP race on the calendar and work hard to make it a truly exceptional event for all to enjoy.”
Paul Little AO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman: “We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world, but the right decision has been made.
“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.
“On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles."