After the two-week break, MotoGP will arrive at Misano for two consecutive rounds and the Grand Prix, for the first time this year, will be open to a limited number of spectators (10,000 per day, all in the stands). After that, the world championship will leave Italy for Spain. Barcelona, Aragon and Valencia will host 5 races, Le Mans another one. The problem is that in these days the infections for Covid-19 in those areas are on the rise: according to the latest WHO data (updated to 29 August), Spain is the fifth country in the world among those that have recorded the largest daily increase of infections, France is eighth.
It is therefore normal that some concern may arise about the normal course of the championship. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, through the pages of Speedweek, however, wanted to defuse some of the anxiety: "if our bubble continues to work as expected and nobody in the paddock is infected, we will be able to travel to all countries".
The Spanish manager is in close contact with the local authorities to monitor the evolution of the pandemic: "In Spain I am speaking with the authorities of all the regions where the Grands Prix will be held. The various authorities can make autonomous decisions in the provinces. In Catalonia there is no problem. Of course, there is Barcelona in the immediate vicinity of the circuit, which is why we will continue to strictly require that teams only move between hotel and circuit."
SBK meanwhile, for the second consecutive week, is at Aragon, a hot zone for the coronavirus, which gives rise to the hope that the championship can continue without any impediments, even if everything could be put into question if some country decides to close the borders to the nations at risk, as happened in recent months.
In spite of everything, Ezpeleta expressed optimism: "If the 1,400 members of the paddock continue to follow the protocol conscientiously, I do not see any danger for the current championship".