MotoGP’s first race in Qatar canceled, next week in Thailand postponed

The period-opening MotoGP race in Qatar next weekend at the Losail circuit has been canceled

The period-opening MotoGP race in Qatar next weekend at the Losail circuit has been canceled mainly because of travel limitations on passengers from Italy and somewhere else because of to the coronavirus epidemic. The subsequent week’s race in Thailand has been place on indefinite hold.

In a joint assertion by MotoGP, the governing FIM and teams’ association IRTA, it was spelled out that all passengers arriving in Doha, the capital and most populous metropolis in Qatar, on immediate flights from Italy, or who experienced been in Italy in the earlier two weeks, faced a bare minimum of 14 days in quarantine.

“Italy evidently plays a essential role in the championship and in the MotoGP course — the two on monitor and off — and consequently the determination has been taken to cancel leading course competitors,” it mentioned.

The Moto2 and Moto3 types will continue to race because of to all those groups and riders previously becoming in Qatar for a few days of testing last 7 days.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso gained last year’s Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati. The 22-potent MotoGP grid capabilities six Italian riders, with Italian engineers and mechanics unfold throughout the paddock and a huge media contingent in attendance.

The demise toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen to 34, the Civil Protection Company mentioned on Sunday, with the cumulative number of confirmed situations totaling some 1,694 in the worst such contagion in Europe.

As for the next race’s postponement, Thailand has claimed forty three situations due to the fact January and recorded its first fatality on Sunday. Rumors experienced been circling that the race would be canceled or postponed ahead of the formal announcement.

“The Thai federal government has communicated that it is not going to be possible to hold the Thailand Grand Prix on its unique date,” MotoGP mentioned in a assertion listed here with governing system FIM and teams’ association IRTA.

Components A person, whose period begins in Australia on March 15, has previously cancelled its Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for Shanghai on April 19.

(Reuters contributed to this report)

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