The news was in the air, and the FIM and Dorna gave the official announcement: the SBK race scheduled in Qatar next weekend will not take place. As for the MotoGP, the arrival in Doha of the Italian staff, which returned home after the inaugural race at Phillip Island, is impossible to guarantee.
Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the Qatar government has imposed a 14-day quarantine for all Italian citizens or for anyone who has been in Italy in the last two weeks prior to arrival.
This is why Dorna and the FIM have decided to postpone the SBK race in Qatar to a future date.
Full press release below:
"The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization regret to announce that the Lauretana Water Qatar Round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is to be postponed until further notice.
As the global Coronavirus outbreak continues, travel restrictions to Qatar have been enforced, primarily affecting passengers from Italy, amongst others. People arriving directly from the country or who have been in Italy in the past two weeks will be taken directly to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
Italian participation in WorldSBK – both on track and off – is vital, thus the decision has been taken to postpone the Lauretana Water Qatar Round until further notice.
Further updates will be published in due course."