After our anticipation, a joint official release has arrived from FIM, Dorna, and IRTA confirming that the MotoGP race in Qatar has been cancelled.
Here's the full text.
Due to Qatar travel restrictions brought into force affecting passengers from Italy (abd other countries), the premier class will not race at Losail.
FIM, IRTA and Dorna regret to announce the cancellation of all MotoGP class sessions at the Grand Prix of Qatar, including the race.
The ongoing Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in Qatar travel restrictions being brought into force that affect passengers from Italy, as well as other countries. As of today, all passengers arriving at Doha on direct flights from Italy, or having been in Italy in the past 2 weeks, will be taken straight to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Italy clearly plays a vital role in the Championship and in the MotoGP class - both on track and off - therefore the decision has been made to cancel the premier class competition.
Since the teams and riders of the Moto2 and Moto3 classes were already in Qatar for the three-day official test at Losail International Circuit earlier this week, the races of both categories will be held. The lightweight and intermediate classes will, therefore, compete in their season opener from March 6th to 8th. The same will apply to the Asia Talent Cup, which will have two races during the Qatar Grand Prix as originally planned. Stay tuned for a revised schedule.