Dorna is struggling against time and against the coronavirus contagion, which continues to expand in Europe, putting at risk trips to the rounds following Qatar, where it only held the Moto2 and Moto3 races because luckily everything was on site after the last season tests.
In theory, MotoGP is expected to debut in Texas on April 5, but the possibility that the race in Austin goes ahead is becoming increasingly unlikely after the city declared a state of local disaster, banning events of more than 2,500 people, including as a result the South by Southwest, an event that attracts more than 70,000 people and which was scheduled for March 13-22.
After all, moving the Austin date is difficult: F1 is scheduled to race there on October 25. Space would be available during the summer break, after the Finnish GP on July 12, but racing in Texas in mid-July is out of the question because of the hot temperatures.
For this reason, Dorna recently got in touch with the Indianapolis circuit, asking for information about its FIM homologation.
The last time a MotoGP race was held at Indy was on 9 August 2015, when Marc Marquez scored the win, with Lorenzo and Rossi on the podium. And if we remember correctly there were no major problems with safety.
"Obviously today the circuit is not approved - confirmed the FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini - but there are no major critical issues. It could be approved without any major problems, also because given the critical situation we won’t be asking for the moon".
We could also add that, given the immense size of the grandstands, the spectators won’t even be close to each other ...
In addition, Indianapolis has always been a well-organized event in the past. At Indy, moreover, very little racing is held, and the date may be available.
We will probably know more in a few days.
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