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MotoGP, Carmelo Ezpeleta: "There will be no Grands Prix behind closed doors"

Dorna CEO "The idea is to start the championship in Austin. The Thai GP could take the place of Aragon which will be brought forward"

MotoGP: Carmelo Ezpeleta: "There will be no Grands Prix behind closed doors"


The problems related to the Coronavirus have certainly changed the planning made by the teams and by Dorna for this 2020 world championship. The calendar has already undergone two major shake-ups, with the cancellation of the MotoGP race in Qatar and the postponement of the Thai GP, but the feeling is that news of further changes could arrive shortly, since the United States has increased its restrictions on air travellers from Italy and the Austin round is also high risk.

Interviewed on Onda Cera radio, the CEO of Dorna Carmelo Ezpeleta addressed the topic by indicating that one solution to recover the Thai round could be to change the date of the Aragon GP.

Earlier, however, he wanted to make it clear that "there will be no Grands Prix behind closed doors", a feared but obviously not feasible hypothesis according to the CEO of Dorna.

"The idea is to start the championship in Austin - said Ezpeleta - while for the Thai Grand Prix it is possible that it will replace Aragon on the calendar, which could be held on another date. It is a possibility, but we still have to talk about it with the Aragon organizers"

Looking at the current calendar, the Aragon round is scheduled for the weekend of October 4th and the only space currently available that might make sense would be that of the week following the Misano Grand Prix, which will be held on the weekend of the 13th September. One possibility would therefore be to have the two Misano and Aragon races in succession, then stop for a week and restart on October 4th in Thailand.

In this way, things would return more or less to what they were in 2019, because the date of the Thai round has been changed this season. Continuing the interview, Ezpeleta also specified that there will be no special measures taken for the GPs.

He reserved one last comment for Aleix Espargarò. The Spaniard was informed about the news of the cancellation of the Qatar MotoGP round while he was flying to Doha and harshly criticised the organizers.

"Aleix Espargarò has no idea about what happened, I'll talk to him. I don't know what he thinks, but I think he knows we don't like to stop the racing. When he makes a mistake when braking, I never criticize him..."


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