The Grand Prix of the Americas will not happen in 2020. Today, in a post on social media which has since been deleted, the Circuit of The Americas announced that the Austin round of MotoGP had been canceled, and a date set for the 2021 edition, to be held on April 18th.
The news hardly comes as a surprise, given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas, and the growth in cases in the US in general. That has prompted the EU countries to put the US on a list of countries from which all non-essential travel is still banned, with no sign of that being lifted.
The chances of races outside of Europe happening were already very slim. Though no announcements have been made, the Argentina round at Termas de Rio Hondo looks almost certain to be canceled, while the Sepang and Buriram rounds the only races with a chance of happening. Today, the Bangkok Post quoted the Thai deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Traisaranakul as saying the Thai government hoped that a race at Buriram would be possible, with November 22nd as a possible date, a week after the last currently scheduled round at Valencia.
The most peculiar thing about the COTA announcement is that the social media post was taken down, and no official press release issued. The MotoAmerica series did issue a press release (below), announcing that both the MotoAmerica round in Austin and the MotoGP round had been canceled. The MotoAmerica press release states that an announcement was made by Dorna, but no such announcement was made. The most logical explanation is that the US circuit and series jumped the gun, with a Dorna press release to be made in the very near future.
Below is the press release from MotoAmerica:
COTA Round Of MotoAmerica Series Cancelled
No U.S. GP And No MotoAmerica In Austin In 2020
IRVINE, CA (July 8, 2020) – With the announcement coming today from Dorna and the Circuit of The Americas that the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, scheduled for November 13-15, has been cancelled, MotoAmerica is also announcing that it will not be racing at the Austin, Texas, facility in 2020.
MotoAmerica, however, is working diligently on options to keep its 20-race HONOS Superbike Series intact for 2020.
“It’s a shame that we have to cancel the MotoAmerica round at COTA,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “The race is a highlight of our schedule and it’s always good to combine our efforts with Dorna to put on a great show in Austin. COVID-19 has made it virtually impossible for the MotoGP series to travel to the U.S. so we fully understand the issues they are facing in 2020. We look forward to returning to COTA with MotoGP in 2021. In the meantime, we are working on a solution to find a replacement round as we continue to strive towards having a 20-race Superbike Series.”
The COTA round was scheduled to be the MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series finale.
The 2020 MotoAmerica Series continues with round three of the championship at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, July 31-August 2.
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.