(Racing news) COVID-19 is heavily affecting all major sporting events in 2020, and racing is no exception. The world’s leading racing competitions in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive are in an emergency situation, forcing to constantly leave schedules and cancel races.
MotoGP is the tournament making the fastest decisions about upcoming races.
Up to the present time, MotoGP is the tournament making the fastest decisions about the status of its upcoming races. Specifically, after leaving the Thai GP schedule to early October, the FIM federation and the owner of the Dorna Sports tournament decided to leave two more races in April, the US and Argentina to mid-November next, before the evolutions complex of COVID-19.
Italy has declared a “national closure”, meaning that the country will be unable to go to the venue or if it can, if possible, they will be exported. will immediately be isolated for at least 14 days upon arrival in that country.
Since then, the tournament is trying to find the most reasonable solution to “salvage” the season. They are trying to find a venue to replace the Qatar GP where the highest mode MotoGP cannot take place.
In addition, they do not exclude the ability to organize races without spectators watching the track and can extend the season to December if necessary. With that, the format of racing 2 races on the same weekend like what WorldSBK or other young leagues are doing.
Under the contract agreement between the FIM and MotoGP federation, the tournament must hold a minimum of 13 races in a season and they are still fully confident that they will do it this year.
So according to the scheduled race at this time, the riders, the team will have a busy schedule in the last two months of this year if things do not have new developments. Specifically, the last 8 races from the 12th to the 19th stage will start at Aragon on September 27 to the season-ending stage in Valencia in the last week of November, exactly as the ‘sprint stage’ of the year.
World SBK has also made adjustments to suit the upcoming events
After MotoGP, the lower level tournament of World SBK has also made adjustments to suit the upcoming events. The WSBK completed the first leg on Phillip Island, Australia in early March but canceled the second leg at Losail, Qatar on this weekend following the domino effect from MotoGP. The third leg, scheduled for the weekend of March 27-29 in Jerez, Spain, was officially postponed and pushed down to become the curtain-cutting stage on October 23-25.
Another race at the Nevers Magny-Cours racetrack, France, is scheduled to take place by the end of September but has been pushed back a week to avoid conflicts with the new schedule from MotoGP. Thus, according to the newly scheduled racing schedule, the second official stage of the year will take place after the opening stage to 1 and a half months, in Assen, the Netherlands on April 17-19. However, with the complicated disease situation in Europe at present, the upcoming races will almost certainly be announced to be postponed/canceled.
Next is Formula E, the tournament is “at the top” in the number of races that must be canceled in the current 2019-20 season. Initially, two races in Sanya, mainland China (held March 21) and Rome, Italy (April 4) were now two major outbreaks of the current COVID-19, so the organizers quickly announced the cancellation of the above two events. But recently, things have gotten worse and Formula E has announced the cancellation of events in the following months.
The tournament presented a system of green, yellow and red flag signals to determine each stage and time period to restart the season as well as evaluate the reorganization of postponed/canceled races.
That means the first race in Seoul, South Korea and the event in Paris, France will be excluded from this year’s schedule.
In addition, Jakarta ePrix (June 6) was supposed to be moved to a new venue after the Federal Secretary of Jakarta rejected an offer to organize around the National Monument historic site, but later this decision is reversed and allows a further organization. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, this race will also suffer the same fate with the above 4 races.
Thus, the 14-race season of Formula E now has only 9 races and a 4-month break between the race that took place in Marrakesh, Morocco (February 29) and the upcoming leg of Berlin ePrix (June 21). The tournament will then arrive in New York City on July 11 before the scheduled season ends with two consecutive races in London on July 25-26.
In addition, the WEC endurance race season 8-20-20 season canceled the 1000-mile Sebring (USA) on March 20 due to the US entry restriction on Europe due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The remaining two sections of the season, ‘6 am at Spa-Francorchamps’ on April 25 and 24h Le Mans (June 13-14) have also been officially delayed.
While Le Mans 24h is pushed back 3 months, the race in Belgium has not set a date for return. Along with that, IndyCar also delayed/canceled the first 4 stages of the new racing season, starting at St. St. Petersburg on March 15, with 3 racing routes in April, respectively in Alabama (April 5), Long Beach (April 19) and COTA, Texas (April 26).
In short, in the time of the Global Pandemic, the revenue story was not a factor to be considered at this time but the health of every human being.
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