Out of the Black into the Blue: here is the provisional 2020 MotoGP calendar

Carmelo Ezpeleta has been hanging in there in the worst months of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now close to getting all the permits to start the MotoGP season: these are the most plausible dates. With some surprises

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Carmelo Ezpeleta in April had feared that MotoGP, after the first round on March 8 in Losail with only the Moto3 and Moto2 classes, would no longer be held in 2020.

In the toughest period, however, the boss of Dorna did not give up and while Spain and Italy - the nations with the most teams and riders - were in check due to the pandemic from Covid-19, he continued to fight on, intensifying relations with teams, riders, offering the first economic support and continuing to talk to governments.

At the moment, in both countries the cases of coronavirus are diminishing, even though yesterday an outbreak of infection was discovered in the San Raffaele Hospital in Rome.

So barring unforeseen last-hour events, a calendar has begun to be drawn up. The final dates will be made official, perhaps, next week but Speedweek has tried to draw up a calendar with the information at its disposal, shared with GPOne, and taking into account that even if it will be impossible to avoid clashes with the F1 calendar, everything possible will be done so as not to overlap them at the same time.

After the double event in Jerez, Brno will follow on 9 August, then the caravan will move to Spielberg on 16 and 23 August. But the date of the Masaryk circuit has not yet been fixed.

The first round of Misano was initially scheduled for 6 September, but the Formula 1 GP will take place in Monza on the same Sunday, so the Marco Simoncelli circuit manager Andrea Albani recently proposed moving everything forward one week.

As the Tour de France from 29 August to 20 September is also to be recuperated, the promoter of the Le Mans GP, Claude Michy, is still hoping for a world championship race on the Bugatti circuit. He is trying to get a date for October 11th. The date of the Catalan GP may also change if the French GP is maintained.

After that there could be a trip overseas to Buri Ram, Thailand (29 November) and Sepang, Malaysia (6 December) but only if spectators are allowed in these countries. In fact, overseas travel is very expensive because Dorna reimburses most of the shipping costs of the material to the team and manufacturer.

The overseas races in Motegi (Japan) and Phillip Island (Australia) have already been cancelled. And cancellations are also scheduled for Austin (Texas) and Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina).

Here are the probable dates of the 2020 MotoGP calendar:

July 19: Jerez 1

July 26: Jerez 2

August 09: Brno

August 16: Spielberg 1

August 23: Spielberg 2

September 13: Misano 1

September 20: Misano 2

September 27: Aragon 1

04 October: Aragon 2

October 11: Le Mans (unconfirmed)

October 25: Barcelona-Catalunya

November 08: Valencia 1

November 15: Valencia 2

 

November 20: Buri Ram (only if Thailand is open to the public)

December 6: Sepang (only if Malaysia is open to the public)

 

 

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