MotoGP has confirmed that the 2020 rounds of the British and Australian grands prix will not be rescheduled this year.
With the coronavirus pandemic hitting the pause button on all motorsport activities worldwide, it has forced the postponement to the start of the ’20 MotoGP season, but with end in sight, the green light has been given to resume racing.
However the revised calendar will not be visiting Britain – for the first time in MotoGP’s 70-year history – and Australia, with both events being cancelled altogether.
Both venues will return to the calendar in ’21.
“We are extremely disappointed about the cancellation of the British MotoGP event, not least as the cancelled race in 2018 is still such a recent memory, but we support the decision that has had to be taken at this exceptional time,” commented Stuart Pringle, Silverstone Managing Director.
“I want to thank the stoic British fans for their patience and support. We must now look forward to 2021 when Silverstone will once again host the fastest and most historic MotoGP race on the calendar and work hard to make it a truly exceptional event for all to enjoy.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Paul Little, added: “We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world, but the right decision has been made.
“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”
Dorna Sports CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, regrets the loss of two iconic races, but explained there was no way to overcome the logistical issues involved.
“We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.
“On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles.”