MotoGP, Coronavirus, After China, F1 puts Thai GP at risk

Dorna waits for the OK from authorities to kick off the GP. Carmelo Ezpeleta is optimistic. The start of the World Championship in Qatar has been confirmed.


The FIA has already confirmed that the Chinese GP will not take place on April 19th, due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

While the car racing world wonders about the possibility of recuperating the race on October 4th, between the GPs in Russia and Japan - which doesn't look very promising, since the calendars are packed - it's the MotoGP's turn, which won't be racing in China but will  in Thailand.

The start of the Championship in Qatar on March 8th has already been confirmed by Carmelo Ezpeleta.

"We'll be going to Qatar safely and on schedule because they've guaranteed that it won't be dangerous but, for Thailand, which is closer to the epidemic, we've asked the government for information and are waiting for an answer. Our decision will depend on what they say because safety is always the first thing for us and, if we can't go in March, we'll look for another date. We're waiting for an answer in the next few days, before leaving for Qatar."

The date, March 22nd, makes us think that the virus could be under control. Actually, it's difficult to know anything more by the end of the month.

After all, the MotoGP was in Malaysia just a few days ago for the shakedown and MotoGP tests. Geographically, it's not that far from China, and most of its economy is managed by Chinese.

Also, in 2011, there was the Motegi alarm, following the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster, but it was carried out regularly.

Translated by Leila Myftija

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