The FIM have issued a new provisional calendar for the 2020 season. As had been expected, the Thailand round of MotoGP has been moved back to October, creating a similar set of flyaways to 2019. The Buriram round will now take place on October 4th, with a two-week break between Thailand and the rest of the Australiasian triple header.
To make space for Buriram, Aragon has been moved a week earlier, to the 27th September. The MotoGP paddock will face a frantic evening of packing to get everything ready to ship to Thailand, if it is to arrive at Buriram in time.
Those are the only change to the calendar at the moment. The Austin and Argentina rounds are still on the calendar, though still subject to change if the authorities in the US or Argentina decide to impose travel restrictions. The spread of the corona virus is still making planning for the series extremely unpredictable.
To that end, the bikes and equipment for the teams will remain in Qatar, and be shipped from there to the Circuit of the Americas once it becomes clear that Austin will definitely be happening. Waiting is a better policy than trying to second guess what the authorities might decide in such a fast-developing situation.
The new calendar appears below:
FIM Grand Prix World Championship
2020 Calendar, 5 March
Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the OR Thailand Grand Prix was recently postponed.
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna have evaluated alternative dates for the event later this season and can now announce that the Thai GP has been rescheduled for the 2 nd to 4th of October.
The Aragon Grand Prix will now be held a week earlier, from the 25th to 27th September.
|08 March||Qatar*||Losail International Circuit|
|05 April||Americas||Circuit of the Americas|
|19 April||Republica Argentina||Termas de Rio Hondo|
|03 May||Spain||Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto|
|17 May||France||Le Mans|
|31 May||Italy||Autodromo del Mugello|
|07 June||Catalunya||Barcelona - Catalunya|
|28 June||Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen|
|09 August||Czech Republic||Automotodrom Brno|
|16 August||Austria||Red Bull Ring-Spielberg|
|30 August||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|13 September||San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|27 September||Aragón||MotorLand Aragón|
|04 October||Thailand||Chang International Circuit|
|18 October||Japan||Twin Ring Motegi|
|25 October||Australia||Philip Island|
|01 November||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit|
|15 November||Comunitat Valenciana||Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo|
* Evening - Moto2 and Moto3 only
** Subject to FIM Homologation