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2020 MotoGP Calendar Updated Again - Austin Postponed To November, Valencia Moved A Week

The ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has forced yet another change to the MotoGP calendar for 2020. Due to the restrictions on movement imposed in Italy, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, the US round of MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, has been postponed until November.

The MotoGP paddock will gather in Austin on November 15th, instead of April 5th. November 15th was originally the date planned for the final round of MotoGP in Valencia, but to make way for Austin, Valencia has been pushed back a week, and will now be held on the weekend of November 22nd.

That means that as of today, March 10th, the MotoGP class will kick off their season at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina on April 19th, with the paddock returning to Europe two weeks later for Jerez.

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Video: MotoE From An Outsider's Perspective - Cosmic Shambles Investigates Electric Motorcycle Racing

How has the MotoE series been received in the MotoGP paddock? And how is it viewed by outsiders? At Silverstone, the Cosmic Shambles network - a network of podcasts and events for the intellectually curious - paid a visit to the Silverstone MotoGP round, to talk to paddock insiders and the people behind the MotoE series.

Dr Helen Czerski, a scientist and, among many other things, presenter of the Fully Charged Show on Youtube, a channel about electric vehicles, talked to MotoE series Nicolas Goubert, Tech3 boss Hervé Poncharal, MotoGP presenter and pitlane reporter Amy Dargan, MotoGP pitlane reporter and former GP winner Simon Crafar, Grand Prix veteran journalist Mat Oxley, Two Wheels For Life's Andrea Coleman, and myself, David Emmett, about the purpose of the MotoE series, the future, and how MotoGP's electric motorcycle racing series fits in with the future of racing, and electric motorcycles in general.

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2020 Provisional Calendar - 20 Races, Finland Added, More Back To Back Races

The FIM have issued a provisional calendar for the 2020 MotoGP season, which sees the series expand to 20 races, and lays the basis for expansion to 22 races. The biggest changes are the addition of the Kymiring in Finland in July, and the moving of the Thailand round of MotoGP in Buriram from October to 22nd March.

The racing season kicks off as ever in Qatar, the MotoGP race being moved to the first week of March. From Qatar, the series heads east to Thailand, the MotoGP race taking the slot of the WorldSBK race at Buriram. Attendance for the WorldSBK round had fallen since MotoGP went to Thailand, and so the WorldSBK round is being dropped, with another overseas round to be held in its place.

From Thailand, the paddock heads east once again to cross the International Date Line and head to Austin, the US round moving up to become the third race of the year, ahead of Argentina. The Argentina Grand Prix takes place two weeks after Austin. 

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Cormac Shoots Silverstone: Highs And Lows At A Sweeping Circuit


Jack Miller keeps it low at Silverstone. He had a good weekend, though a loss of grip hampered him at the end


Compare and contrast Andrea Iannone's body position on the Aprilia with Miller on the Ducati. Not the same corner, but Iannone is obviously uncomfortable

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Silverstone Subscriber Notes, Part 1: On Marquez' Bad Days, Rins' Potential, And Whether GB Loves MotoGP

Silverstone is a proper race track. It does everything a race track is supposed to do. It challenges the bikes, with high speeds, fast corners, and some hard braking. It challenges the riders, rewarding courage and skill, and allowing riders to make up for any shortcomings of their machines. The new surface at Silverstone has only magnified this: the pole record tumbled by 1.7 seconds, the race record fell by 1.5 seconds, entering sub-two-minute territory for the first time, and the race was 33 seconds faster than the fastest previous edition of the race on this circuit layout. And to top it off, we had glorious weather at a glorious race track.

We had glorious racing to go with weather. The winning margin of all three races combined was 0.799 seconds, the races in all three classes keeping the fans on the edge of their seats. If you needed to persuade someone of what makes motorcycle racing so great, just point them to the Silverstone weekend. It was worth it.

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