During this global pandemic, everyone has had to make tough decisions. In the grand scheme of things, sports are really not that important, but the longer this situation has gone on, the more we have all come to realize the role that sports plays in out lives. It’s exciting to see sports begin to make plans to return, although some have had to make the tough decisions we mentioned. Event and entire leagues have been cancelled outright, while some returning sports are going to have shortened seasons where cuts need to be made. That is the case with Moto GP, who are talking about getting back into the swing of things in July and August. Some of the new schedule has already been made, with other dates still to be confirmed. Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the world of motorsports so you can start planning your bets against our Moto GP odds.
Moto GP COVID-19 Status & Return Date
Moto GP Pandemic Timeline
The Moto GP season had only just begun when the pandemic hit, and suspensions started to take place. The first week of the season was in Qatar, with the Moto2 and Moto3 races taking place before everything ground to a halt. While it was somewhat fortunate that the suspension happened right at the start of the season, the length of the layoff has meant that some upcoming events have had to be pulled from the schedule.
The GP’s in Germany, Finland, and Holland have all fallen prey to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is sure to be a blow to fans of the sport in those nations. The reality, though, is that those decisions needed to be made if Moto GP is to find a way to streamline the season and create a schedule that makes sense, while also ensuring the safety of everyone involved with the sport.
Moto GP Timeline for the Remainder of the Season
While we do have dates to report, it would appear that some things do still need to be decided. That includes making a decision on whether or not fans will be allowed to attend races. At this point, we are not even sure if the upcoming events on the schedule will be televised, although Moto GP have stated that photographers will be allowed to attend in order to shoot the action.
A few things have been decided, including the testing protocols and the number of members that each team will be able to take with them to each event. All told, Moto GP will be acquiring 10,000 tests that they will use throughout the season. As far as team members go, Moto GP will be restricted to 40 per team, while Moto2 will have 20 and Moto3 will have 15.
Listed below is the Moto GP schedule as it looks at this stage of the proceedings:
- March 8: Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, Qatar (Moto2 and Moto3 only; MotoGP canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak)
- August 9: Czech GP, Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
- August 16: Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria
- August 30: British GP, Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom
- September 13: San Marino GP, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, San Marino
- September 27: Aragon GP, MotorLand Aragon, Spain
- October 4: Thai GP, Chang International Circuit, Thailand
- October 18: Japanese GP, Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
- October 25: Australian GP, Phillip Island Circuit, Australia
- November 1: Malaysian GP, Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
- November 15: GP of the Americas, Circuit of the Americas, United States
- November 22: Argentina GP, Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina
- November 29: Valencia GP, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain
Race Dates To Be Determined
- Spanish GP, Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, Spain
- French GP, Le Mans, France
- Italian GP, Autodromo di Mugello, Italy
- Catalunya GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
- German GP, Sachsenring, Germany
- Dutch GP, TT Circuit Assen, The Netherlands
- Finnish GP, KymiRing, Finland