MotoGP Japan Grand Prix canceled due to coronavirus
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports have announced this Monday that the 2020 Japanese Grand Prix is canceled. The test that was going to be held on the Motegi circuit between October 16 and 18 falls from the MotoGP World Cup calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this way it becomes the sixth race that has been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, and thus joins those of Qatar, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Great Britain and Australia.
It will be the first time that the Japanese GP is not on the calendar since he joined the MotoGP World Championship. This test is one of the oldest on the circuit and It has been disputed without interruption since 1999. The situation in Japan has caused the organization to have to cancel one of the most famous races in the championship, at the home of its main manufacturers such as Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda.
The president of Mobilityland Corporation, Kaoru Tanaka, has explained the reasons why they have been forced to make this difficult decision, because of how the Asian country and the European continent are doing due to the coronavirus: »The situation in Japan and Europe is unpredictable and the international mobility ban is expected to continue. As a result, we have decided that there was no other option beyond the cancellation ».
“The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to restart the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible. For this reason, until mid-November MotoGP will remain in Europe to hold as many European events as we can. Overseas events, if possible, should be scheduled after mid-November, which it would be too late in the year for the Japanese Grand Prix to take place«, Commented the CEO of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta.