2020 MotoGP Calendar Updated - Aragon 27th September, Thailand 4th October

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.

Date Grand prix Circuit
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
21 June Germany Sachsenring
28 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
12 July Finland** KymiRing
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

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Looking forward to Moto2 this weekend. Dearly missing MotoGP, we have such a great season sitting in purgatory. The new Ducati unleashed at Qatar. FabQ and the Lazarus Yamaha. Rins. Maverick looks to be blossoming. Our KTM riders and a bike marching steadily. That new Aprilia with lone wolf A.Espargaro. All with a deeply flawed Honda and Marc struggling with a shoulder that limits his taming the beast.

(Sigh)

This flu is fresh as the Aprilia, and about to be like R6's in Supersport. Buckle up for more schedule issues.

Lorenzo just announced Wildcard for Catalunya in June. Cool!

Please please please Austin/COTA and Argentina, give us our GPs...we barely make it to March! (Send the circus to Texas immediately, they can relax for a month at Colin Edwards' ranch and beat the travel ban).

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Great! Can you rescheule the Phillip Island race to December when its summer down under! :) 

 

Looking at the day's news concerning Austin shutting down SXSW, I'd say it sadly might be the case..