MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
MotoGP faces its toughest season ever in 2020
Last year’s MotoGP season counted 19 races over 37 weekends – the new 2020 calendar starts with 13 races over 18 weekends. How will riders and teams cope?
Much excitement last Friday at the publication of the long-awaited and heavily rewritten 2020 MotoGP calendar.
Racing starts at Jerez on July 19! Fourteen rounds, maybe more! Yay, let’s rejoice and go racing!
Yay, yay and thrice yay! It’s not long since some people were predicting that the Covid-19 pandemic would prevent any MotoGP action this year, so everyone – riders, teams and fans – should be delighted that MotoGP 2020 is finally go.
But while we rejoice, we should also take a look at the drastically revised calendar and what it means to the men and women that make the racing happen. Because the logistical, physical, mental and mechanical challenges of MotoGP 2020 will be on a different level to anything experienced before.
The championship now comprises a minimum of 13 races over just 18 weekends, with the possibility of three further rounds, to be run in Asia and the Americas in late November and early December. These will be announced next month and could take the championship to 16 races over 22 weekends.
o emphasise the enormity of the task facing riders and teams, the 2019 MotoGP season comprised 19 races over 37 weekends. And to further add to the stresses and strains, all teams will run skeleton crews to squeeze inside health protocols formulated by different countries and regions.
These four or five months of racing will be incredibly tough for everyone involved, which will add another dimension to the drama for those watching from the comfort of their sofas. How will riders and teams cope?
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.