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Yamaha Withdraws Request To Unseal Engines

Yamaha has withdrawn its request to unseal the engines to replace internal components which they believe caused issues for Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi, and Franco Morbidelli at Jerez. Yamaha had made a formal request to the MSMA, the MotoGP manufacturers' association, to open the engines and swap out defective parts.

Initially, the suspicion fell on sensors inside the exhaust port, but it is now believed that the problem was caused by the valves. Yamaha had set out its reasons to make the change in its submission to the MSMA. Under the technical regulations, the manufacturers are allowed to unseal the engines to replace parts only if they can get unanimous permission from the other MSMA members, and that such a change does not confer a performance advantage and is necessary on safety grounds.

That is where Yamaha's case appears to have fallen down. The other manufacturers were not convinced by Yamaha's explanation, and asked for more information to be able to make a decision on approval.

This put Yamaha in a very delicate situation. They would have liked to change out the parts, but to get permission to do so, they would have had to reveal a level of technical detail which could have given away too much information to their rivals. Instead, Yamaha have decided they can manage the rest of the season on the engines they have.

The fact that the Red Bull Ring was the toughest track for engines left on the calendar may have influenced their decision. After Spielberg, the factories face the front straight at Barcelona once, and a double header at Aragon, though Aragon's fast back straight is downhill.

Yamaha's predicament is in part a result of the dysfunction inside the MSMA. The manufacturers' association has long been unable to agree on anything, with the disagreement between Ducati and the other manufacturers at Qatar 2019 over their use of the rear swingarm spoiler being the final breach. With no goodwill between manufacturers, they are not inclined to give each other any leeway in situations such as this.

Naturally, this is likely to come back and bite the other manufacturers in the future. If another manufacturer suffers a similar issue to Yamaha in the next few years, and it is a factory which denied Yamaha's request, Yamaha are likely to treat them in exactly the same way, and deny a request to unseal engines.

Yamaha must now juggle their remaining engines for the rest of the season. Three engines have been withdrawn for allocation: 1 each for Rossi, Viñales, and Morbidelli, all three having suffered issues at Jerez. The engine in bike which was involved in the crash between Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco has not been withdrawn: the engines are designed to withstand crashes, but the extreme temperatures at Jerez may have put the bikes outside their operating limits. That leaves Rossi, Viñales, and Morbidelli with four engines for the remaining ten races, and Fabio Quartararo with five.

The engine lists to be published by Dorna on Sunday morning may reveal a little more. However, the engine lists only track whether engines ARE used, not whether the CAN be used. Only in the next few weeks will we learn whether Yamaha will use them for the races, for practice, when there is least to lose, or leave them crated as a back up option in case one of their other engines fails.


In an interview with the website, Lin Jarvis explained Yamaha's decision.  "We made a request a week ago to replace some valves in the engines that we had stopped using since the two failures we had in the Grand Prix 1," Jarvis said. "We were then requested to provide more specific evidence, both from the manufacture of the valves and also the specific properties of the valves."

In the week since that request had been submitted, Yamaha had understood much more about the cause of the failures experienced at the first race in Jerez. "During the one week since, we investigated deeply inside the factory and also we are in contact with our vendor and finally we were unable to provide the documents that were required and requested. And also at the same time we discovered much more about the valve issues that we had. So finally we withdrew. It was a very short meeting yesterday in that sense because we formally withdrew our request."

Jarvis said they had worked out a way of managing the situation with the engines unchanged. "We will manage the situation. We are completely confident that we can manage without any safety issues on the track. We will do that by a combination of changing engine settings and also managing the rotation of engines throughout the seasons." 

What is to be understood by "changing engine settings" is uncertain, but there are continuing reports that Yamaha has been forced to reduce the revs on its engines.

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Johann Zarco To Undergo Schapoid Surgery, Face FIM Stewards

Johann Zarco did not come away completely unhurt by the massive crash he had with Franco Morbidelli in the Austrian MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday. Scans made on Monday revealed that the Frenchman had suffered a fractured scaphoid in his right wrist in the crash.

The Frenchman is to travel to Modena in Italy to have surgery on the scaphoid, before returning to Spielberg to attempt to ride in the Styrian Grand Prix, the second race at the Red Bull Ring to be held this weekend. The surgery is to be carried out by the same team who plated Andrea Dovizioso's collarbone when the Italian broke it in an MX accident a couple of weeks before the season started.

The medical regulations mean that Zarco would have to wait for at least 48 hours after surgery before he is allowed to participate, meaning that the Frenchman would be forced to miss at least part of practice on Friday, depending on what time surgery is performed on Wednesday. He will also have to undergo a fitness test on Thursday before he is allowed to ride.

Zarco will also have to face the FIM Stewards at the Red Bull Ring. He and Franco Morbidelli have been called in front of Freddie Spencer and the FIM Stewards to explain the crash at Turn 2 at the Red Bull Ring. Morbidelli accused Zarco of deliberately braking in front of him and causing the crash, while Zarco claims that he braked later than normal on that lap.

The press release from the Avintia Ducati team appears below:


After the heavy crash and later impact during the Austrian Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring - Spielberg on Sunday, Johann Zarco had a medical check-up on Monday morning as pain persisted in his right wrist. After knowing the results Zarco will travel to Italy and undergo surgery on Wednesday after a small fracture on the scaphoid in his right hand.

The recovery period, the check-up at the medical centre and the rider's own feelings will determine his availability for this weekend's Styian Grand Prix.


"On Monday I did some controls on my right wrist because it was still some pain, and I got a little fracture on the scaphoid. I will go to Italy to do the operation on Wednesday morning, with a doctor that has very good contact with Ducati, this is the doctor that many times operates riders. Then we will come back to Austria, and I will be on Thursday at the track to have a meeting about the big incident that happened on Sunday. If the feeling is OK on the wrist and the medical center declares me fit to ride I will try and see if I can ride the bike. The advantage this weekend is we already have all the references from the week before, so this is not a big drama if I miss few sessions and I can take one more day to feel if my wrist is ok. Now, the main thing is the operation, and after that see if my feeling improves. The team is working on the bike to prepare it, and I know everything will be ready if I come back on the bike. Maybe there will be some rain, so also this is a chance because on the rain we have less effort on the bike and for me will be really a good chance with the rain if I can race without much effort on the wrist."


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2020 WorldSBK Calendar - As Of August 18th

Below is the 2020 WorldSBK calendar, correct as of August 18th, but subject to change if the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic changes:

Date Country Circuit WorldSBK WorldSSP WorldSSP300
28 Feb – 1 March Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit X X  
31 July - 2 August Spain Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto X X X
7 - 9 August Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve X X X
28 - 30 August Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
4 - 6 September Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
18 - 20 September Spain Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya X X X
2 - 4 October France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X
16 - 18 October Portugal Circuito Estoril X X X



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Estoril Replaces Misano On 2020 WorldSBK Calendar

The 2020 WorldSBK calendar has been given another reshuffle. After the Argentina round was dropped for 2020 last week, this week, the race at Misano has been removed from the calendar, to be replaced by a race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

With the removal of Argentina, it made no sense to hold the Misano round on its originally scheduled date in November, but it seems that other factors, such as money and the danger of another flare up of the coronavirus, may have played a roll. Instead, the Estoril circuit, near the Portuguese capital Lisbon, has been placed on the calendar, with a round to be held from 16th-18th of October.

Estoril has previously featured on both the WorldSBK and MotoGP calendars, with MotoGP last visiting in 2012. Since then, no world championship motorcycle series has visited the track, though reports from other series suggest the track is in need of resurfacing, with low grip and a lot of bumps.

The calendar remains provisional, given how precarious the pandemic situation in various Europe countries continues to be.

The provisional WorldSBK calendar is as follows:

Date Country Circuit WorldSBK WorldSSP WorldSSP300
28 Feb – 1 March Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit X X  
31 July - 2 August Spain Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto X X X
7 - 9 August Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve X X X
28 - 30 August Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
4 - 6 September Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
18 - 20 September Spain Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya X X X
2 - 4 October France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X
16 - 18 October Portugal Circuito Estoril X X X

* Event to be confirmed

The FIM press release follows below:

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships

2020 Calendar, UPDATE: 18 August

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Circuito Estoril officials and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) are pleased to announce an additional round to the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. The Circuito Estoril, situated just 30km from the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, will host the WorldSBK class, along with the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship from the 16th – 18th of October.

The event will replace the Riviera di Rimini Round at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” as the season-ending round and will be the first time in WorldSBK history that two rounds will be held in Portugal. The track has been on the WorldSBK calendar in the past: the first year of the Championship in 1988 and in 1993, the most recent occasion. The Estoril round has not yet decided about the presence of fans and on-site external media, but a decision will made at a more relevant time, in accordance to the protocols of the moment.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the Riviera di Rimini Round of the 2020 Championship at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” has been cancelled. 2020 was the final year of the current contract and despite the cancellation, a new three-year deal has been secured to bring the fastest production-based Championship in the world to the Adriatic Coast again. 2021 will mark the 30th year of WorldSBK’s presence at the track, with it being on the calendar in all but two years of racing.


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Andrea Dovizioso To Leave Ducati At The End Of 2020 - What Next In The MotoGP Rider Market?

Desmo Dovi is no more. The eight-year partnership between Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati Corse will come to an end when the flag falls after the last race of the 2020 MotoGP season.

The news was made official by Dovizioso's manager Simone Battistella, after a final meeting with Ducati management to try to agree terms. Battistella told broadcaster Sky Italia that they had been unable to find common ground to continue.

"We have told Ducati that Andrea does not intend to continue for the next years, that he now only wants to concentrate on the next races, but that the conditions to continue together don't exist," Battistella said. "He won't be leaving MotoGP, however, even if there are no negotiations currently happening with other teams. This has been a conclusion reached over the last period. Andrea feels much more calm now that he has taken this decision."

Shortly after the interview was broadcast, Ducati issued a statement by Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti via its social media channels. "We met Simone this morning here at Red Bull Ring, and realized that unfortunately, there are not the conditions to continue our relationship with Dovi beyond the end of the current contract," the statement read. "Ducati and Andrea will now fully concentrate on the remainder of the 2020 season, starting from tomorrow's Austrian GP, with the common goal to add more wins to the 13 first places already achieved together, and fight for the title until the end of the championship."

Long decline

The decision was the now seemingly inevitable outcome of the long deterioration of the relationship between Dovizioso and Ducati – and especially Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall'Igna – over the past couple of years. Dall'Igna felt that Dovizioso needed to push harder and get more out of the Desmosedici. Dovizioso felt that Dall'Igna was focusing solely on creating more horsepower, and fixing the last of the turning issues which have dogged the Ducati for 15 years or more, at least since the switch to the 800cc formula in 2007.

Things went downhill more quickly in the past couple of years, with Dovizioso and Dall'Igna no longer on speaking terms outside of brief work meetings. Dall'Igna believed Ducati had a bike to win the championship, but not the rider – a pattern which the signing of Jorge Lorenzo fits neatly into. Dovizioso believed he could be champion if it were not for Ducati's failure to give him the last piece of the puzzle, a bike which turned better, to help him win the title.

The final stumbling block appears to have been financial. Ducati had asked Dovizioso to take a pay cut for 2021, with reports that he was also being asked to accept a pay cut for the 2020 season as well, due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, Dovizioso was not so inclined: the Italian had finished as runner up to a dominant Marc Márquez for the last three seasons, racked up 13 victories for Ducati, and been absolutely instrumental in helping to turn around Ducati's fortunes since his arrival in 2013, together with Gigi Dall'Igna.

Rider reshuffle

What happens next for Andrea Dovizioso? Paddock consensus is that he will join Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia. That makes a lot of sense from numerous perspectives. Aprilia want an Italian rider to enhance their status as an Italian brand. With the RS-GP now finally starting to look competitive, Aprilia need an experienced development rider, which Dovizioso unquestionably is. Aprilia are more desperate than Ducati for success, and so potentially have deeper pockets, at least in the short term.

It would also be a small piece of revenge for the Italian factory. At the end of 2013, Ducati poached then Aprilia Racing director Gigi Dall'Igna to lead their racing program. Eight years' later, Aprilia return the favor by tempting Andrea Dovizioso away from Ducati to help lead the development of the RS-GP.

If Dovizioso goes to Aprilia, that would leave Cal Crutchlow without a seat in MotoGP. That would be an issue for British broadcaster BT Sport, who want a British rider in the premier class, but there are no real candidates to ascend to MotoGP, nor attractive seats available.

Ducati's choices

In theory, Crutchlow could return to Ducati, but Ducati have shown no interest in seeing the British rider return. The more plausible explanation is that Ducati promote Pecco Bagnaia from the satellite Pramac squad, as they have done with Jack Miller. Ducati owns the contracts of the Pramac Ducati riders, and Pramac is very much the Ducati junior team, where they prepare talent for ascension into the factory squad.

If Bagnaia is promoted to the factory team, that would leave space in the Pramac squad for some experimentation by Ducati. Enea Bastianini's name has been mentioned a lot recently, as the Italian has impressed in Moto2. Bastianini could be one rider to be promoted to MotoGP in 2021. Luca Marini is another name which has been doing the rounds, the Sky VR46 rider having made a big step forward in the past couple of seasons.

Johann Zarco is another alternative, though the Frenchman is more likely to be placed in Pramac than in the factory squad. What Ducati are after is a rider to win a championship: Zarco has shown he can be competitive and score podiums on the Ducati, but there are lingering doubts that he can cope with the pressure of a factory team, after what happened in 2019 with the factory KTM squad.

Rumors continue to circulate about a possible return to Ducati by Jorge Lorenzo. It is hard to assess how much substance there is to the rumors. Ducati have politely talked around the rumors, without addressing them directly, and Jorge Lorenzo has gone quiet in recent weeks. But it is a popular proposal among pundits, as it generates a lot of debate and engagement.

Lorenzo is beloved by Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall'Igna, but he faces opposition from Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali. It was Domenicali's opposition that eventually forced Lorenzo out at the end of 2018.

A decision on Ducati's future line up will follow in a month or so, once Ducati have had a chance to digest the news that they have lost Dovizioso, and to weigh their options. "We will take some time to make some considerations, and in the next weeks, we will inform everybody," Davide Tardozzi told Simon Crafar on the broadcast.

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Portimao Confirmed As 2020 MotoGP Season Finale

Dorna today confirmed what we had known for some time, that the last race of the 2020 season is to be held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao on the 22nd of November.

The addition of Portimao will bring the schedule up to a grand total of 15 rounds, with 14 for the MotoGP class, after the premier class was forced to miss out on the season opener at Qatar.

You can find the full 2020 MotoGP calendar here, and the press release from Dorna announcing the last round at Portimao below:

Portimão to host 2020 MotoGP™ season finale

The final race weekend of the season will take place at the stunning Autodromo Internacional do Algarve

Monday, 10 August 2020

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports recently announced the addition of a fifteenth Grand Prix to the 2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar, with the event set to take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November and become the season finale.

The venue for the event can now be revealed as the incredible Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal. The reserve track for MotoGP™ since 2017, the circuit will now make its debut on the calendar.

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve is truly unique, with its characteristic elevation changes and undulating layout earning it a reputation as a high-speed rollercoaster – a thrill ride for fans and competitors alike. The track will now welcome MotoGP™ back to Portugal for the first time since 2012, and the event will see Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) racing on home turf in the premier class for the first time.

FIM President Jorge Viegas: "I am very proud that MotoGP will return to my country eight years after the last Grand Prix, which took place at the Circuito do Estoril in May 2012. I would like to warmly thank Dorna, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve and the Motorcycling Federation of Portugal for having managed to meet the necessary conditions for the organisation of the finale of the 2020 FIM Grand Prix World Championship to take place in Portugal."

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve CEO Paulo Pinheiro: "It is a great achievement for our team to finally have MotoGP at our racetrack! MotoGP is the pinnacle of two-wheeled motorsport, and we are so excited to have it.

“It has been a long process with Dorna, we had an agreement in place since 2017, and finally all the hard work paid off. On top of this to have Miguel Oliveira on the MotoGP grid, being able to fight for the podium will be an amazing add on for this race, and hopefully the Championship will be decided here.

"We are working to have the fans in our race, and we will start with a capacity of 30.000 fans for the race weekend and then we will decide with Dorna and the sanitary authorities the following stages.

“We can’t express how happy we are to have this race."

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta: "It’s big news for us, we signed an agreement in 2017 with Portimao to be the reserve circuit for any kinds of cancellations, and we’ve been in contact with them all this time. We’ve been to Portimão with Superbike and we think it’s an amazing possibility for us, and also in the agreement is that the track will be resurfaced after the Superbike round. When we explained this to the riders they were excited because they’ve seen the track on TV, but we’ve never been there.

"Portugal has a long history in our sport and there have been some historic battles in Estoril. It’s something very good for us to have the possibility to go back to Portugal, especially with Miguel Oliveira participating as it’s great to have a Portuguese rider able to compete in his own country. We are extremely happy to be racing in Portimão at the end of the year."


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2020 MotoGP Calendar - COVID-19 Edition

The current 2020 MotoGP calendar is as follows:

Date Grand prix Circuit Notes
08 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit Moto2 & Moto3 only
15/07/20   Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto Test for MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3
19/07/20 Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto MotoE
26/07/20 Andalucia Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto MotoE
09/08/20 Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno  
16/08/20 Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg  
23/08/20 Styria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg  
13/09/20 San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli MotoE
20/09/20 Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli MotoE
27/09/20 Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya  
11/10/20 France Le Mans MotoE
18/10/20 Aragón MotorLand Aragón  
25/10/20 Teruel MotorLand Aragón  
08/11/20 Europe Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo  
15/11/20 Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo  
22/11/20 Portugal Autodromo Internacional do Algarve  

* Night race

All dates, events and the eventual attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.

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Dorna Confirms Positive Case Of Coronavirus Among TV Staff

The MotoGP paddock has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. A cameraman, employed by Dorna but assigned to work with the French broadcaster Canal+ tested positive for the disease during a routine test taken during the Brno round of MotoGP, in preparation for the Austrian race at Spielberg next weekend. Fortunately, the cameraman has no symptoms of the disease at the moment.

Because of the protocol put in place to limit the risk of COVID-19, the cameraman was immediately isolated, along with the rest of the Canal+ TV crew on site. Each TV broadcaster is treated as a bubble, in the same way as teams are treated as bubbles, and the local health authorities imposed isolation on the Canal+ group. As a precaution, Dorna ordered extra tests for others the cameraman had been in contact with.

Though the test came back positive early on Saturday morning, and confirmed by another test taken immediately the first test came back positive, it took a relatively long time for Dorna to make an announcement. A press release was issued on Saturday evening, but the news was not communicated officially to other members of the paddock for some time, despite rumors spreading through the paddock by the end of the morning. understands there was some anger among some of the manufacturers that they were not told of the case earlier.

Though the case of COVID-19 was quickly detected and action taken, the incident highlights the risks facing the championship. The cameraman, like most Dorna staff, lives in the Barcelona region, which has seen rising numbers of cases in the past few weeks. The chances of infection during a trip back to Barcelona are relatively high, compared to other regions.

The positive case as found as part of an increase in testing ahead of the races in Austria. The rules surrounding the coronavirus are stricter in Austria than in the Czech Republic, and testing has been made easier to allow more people to be tested ready for the next round at the Red Bull Ring.

Below is the press release issued by Dorna:

MotoGP™ detects and isolates one case of Covid-19 in Brno

Saturday, 08 August 2020

After more than 5,500 tests performed on all paddock personnel before their attendance to the Spanish, Andalucia and Czech GPs, one person in the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship paddock has tested positive for Covid-19. The result was returned during testing undertaken ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. The person is a member of Dorna Sports’ team and is asymptomatic.

Following the positive result that arrived early on Saturday, the person was immediately informed and isolated in their hotel. A further test was then undertaken in order to confirm the result. This second test also proved positive and therefore the staff member and all close contacts will remain in isolation.

Local health authorities will now decide on the duration of self-isolation they are required to undertake.

As a precautionary measure, the Championship has taken the decision to test any persons in secondary contact with the individual and each of them has returned a negative result.


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Marc Marquez Has Second Surgery To Fit New Plate To Broken Arm

Marc Marquez has been forced to undergo a second operation on the arm he broke at Jerez during the first race of the restarted 2020 MotoGP season. During a medical examination, the titanium plate holding the Repsol Honda rider's right humerus together was found to have bent due to stress placed on it. A second operation was needed to remove the bent plate and replace it with a new one.

Marquez will now spend the 48 hours after the operation in hospital, after which he will be evaluated as to whether he will be able to take part in this weekend's Czech round of MotoGP at Brno. Given what just happened at Jerez, and the fact that he has now missed two races, the chances of him actually racing in Brno are zero.

Given this setback, it appears as if Marquez' title defense has fallen at the first hurdle. Entering Brno 50 points down to Fabio Quartararo, with a bunch of tracks coming up where he is strong and the Yamahas could suffer, there was at least a mathematical chance of him still competing for the title. If he misses Brno, and then, as seems extremely likely, he skips the first race in Austria, and possibly the second, then he will be too far behind to have a shot at the championship.

Though the official statement by Dr Mir of the Dexeus Institut insists that Marc Marquez followed medical advice and the feeling in his body during recovery, it was clear that the reigning champion was pushing the limits of his body's ability to heal. The fact that he said he felt something change in his arm during FP4 at the second race in Jerez, when he tried to ride, was a sign of how hard he was pushing himself. But the fact that the bend to the plate was not discovered when he was examined after that race weekend suggests it was still straight at that point.

Since then, Marquez has been hard at work preparing for the triple header at Brno and the Red Bull Ring. Most likely, he was pushing himself too hard in training, and the accumulated stress of that training is what caused the plate to bend.

How long HRC can rein Marquez in remains to be seen. They tried and failed in the brief period between the first race in Jerez and the second, Marquez insisting he be allowed to try to ride. Though he made the right decision to stop when it became apparent he could not ride, it is questionable whether trying to ride was the right decision. HRC was not in a position to deny him, then, however. Perhaps this setback will have strengthened their hand.

The press release from Honda appears below:

Marc Marquez undergoes second surgery

Marc Marquez underwent a second operation today, Monday August 3, after the titanium plate used to fix his right humerus was found to have suffered damage due to stress accumulation. Dr Xavier Mir and his team at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus successfully replaced the titanium plate and Marc Marquez will now stay in hospital for 48 hours before being discharged.

Dr. Xavier Mir
Hospital Universitari Dexeus

“Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation. The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an over stress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”


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2020 MotoGP Calendar Update - Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia Canceled, Portimao Added?

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again reshaped the 2020 MotoGP calendar, though this change had long been expected. Today, Dorna and the FIM announced that the three races outside Europe still on the calendar - in Argentina, Malaysia, and Thailand - have all been canceled. Taking their place at the end of the season is one extra race, officially unspecified as yet.

Though the FIM have said officially that the final circuit is to be announced on August 10th, after the next round of MotoGP at Brno, reports are circulating that the race is set to be held at Portimao in Portugal. This does not come as a surprise, given that the Portuguese track has been a reserve on the calendar for some time. Prior to the pandemic, Dorna had been considering putting Portimao into the rotation of five tracks on the Iberian peninsula which would share out three races each year between them.

Below is the revised and updated calendar:

Date Grand prix Circuit Notes
15/07/20   Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto Test for MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3
19/07/20 Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto MotoE
26/07/20 Andalusia Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto MotoE
09/08/20 Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno  
16/08/20 Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg  
23/08/20 Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg  
13/09/20 San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli  
20/09/20 San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli MotoE
27/09/20 Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya  
11/10/20 France Le Mans MotoE
18/10/20 Aragón MotorLand Aragón  
25/10/20 Aragón MotorLand Aragón  
08/11/20 Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo  
15/11/20 Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo  
22/11/20 To be announced To be announced Believed to be Portimao

All dates, events and the eventual attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.

Another Grand Prix in Europe added to the 2020 calendar as Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are cancelled

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina, OR Thailand Grand Prix and Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2020. Previously postponed, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and resulting complications now sadly oblige the cancellation of the events to be confirmed.

However, it can now be revealed that an additional Grand Prix is to be added to the 2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar. After the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, another race weekend will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November at a venue in Europe, becoming the 2020 season finale. Further details on the host venue will be confirmed on Monday the 10th of August.

In addition, a new agreement has been reached with the promoters of the Thai GP that confirms Chang International Circuit will remain on the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar until at least 2026. The racing in Buriram has been incredible since the venue joined the calendar in 2018, with the unique final corner never failing to deliver a thrill. Although the event will sadly not take place in 2020, MotoGP™ can now look forward to many more years of spectacular battles at one of the flagship motorsport venues in Asia.

Furthermore, Dorna has already begun working with the Promoters of Argentina and Malaysian GPs to define possible dates to propose to the FIM for the events in 2021, with plans in place to welcome fans back to the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo and Sepang International Circuit, respectively.

The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo first joined the MotoGP™ calendar in 2014 and has put on a vibrant Grand Prix every year since. The grandstands are always packed as fans travel to the venue from across Latin America, with Argentinians joined by crowds from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and more.

Sepang International Circuit is the longest serving venue of the three and first hosted MotoGP™ in 1999. A true world leader then as now, the track is one of the longest and most challenging of the season, staging some all-time classic races. Sepang also serves up a unique experience for fans sat in the iconic grandstand complex along the main straight and into the final corner, putting spectators into the heart of the action, surrounded by the sound of MotoGP™ at full throttle.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta: “It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Argentina, Thailand and Malaysian Grands Prix this season, and they will be very much missed on the 2020 calendar. The passion of the fans who often travel across continents to enjoy MotoGP with us in Termas de Rio Hondo, Buriram and Sepang is incredible, creating as they do such an incredible atmosphere and welcome for the sport. However, we are delighted to add another Grand Prix in Europe to the 2020 calendar, and reveal our new agreement that will see MotoGP racing in Thailand and Buriram until at least 2026. We are very much looking forward to returning to Thailand, Argentina and Malaysia next year and as always, I would like to thank the fans for their patience and understanding.”

FIM President Jorge Viegas: "I would like to thank Dorna, all the teams, the national federations and local organisers for enabling us to get back on track. In doing so, we adapt every day and we will have a very complete and competitive FIM MotoGP World Championship in 2020. The location of the 15th Grand Prix will be announced soon, and we will be back - stronger than ever!”


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