Even the most historic race in the world is forced to bow to the Covid-19 emergency. The 43rd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will in fact take place without spectators on 29 and 30 August on the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans, to respect the measures of the French government and safeguard the health of the riders, fans and all those who take part in the Endurance World Championship.
The decision was made jointly by FIM, race organizers Autoclub de l'Ouest (ACO) and Eurosport Events, promoter of the event, and therefore the third round of the 2019-2020 season of the EWC will be held behind closed doors. Ticket holders will receive a credit: details are available on the ACO website.
"I would simply like to thank the ACO – explained FIM President Jorge Viegas - for allowing us to be able to live this legendary event, even behind closed doors. We salute the incredible effort provided by this great club and also by our promoter Eurosport Events which I am sure will produce even more spectacular images.”
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest also agreed: "An unprecedented situation means exceptional measures. The 43rd 24H Motos will take place behind closed doors, but it will go ahead. That’s the most important thing. Especially for our teams, partners, the FIM EWC and for motorcycle racing in general. It will be strange to hold a race with no fans trackside, but we will do our very best to bring all the action and excitement to them, wherever they are."