Dorna Press Release: Carmelo Ezpeleta Promises There Will Be A 2020 MotoGP Season

Dorna issued the following press release, containing a statement from Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, on the 2020 MotoGP season:

Statement: Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

Monday, 02 March 2020

Following the cancellation of the MotoGP™ class at the QNB Grand Prix of Qatar and the postponement of the OR Thailand Grand Prix, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has made the following statement:

“We have been in close contact with the authorities in Qatar to understand exactly what we could do. Then during the weekend, the situation changed a lot. On Saturday and Sunday it wasn’t a specific problem for anyone, but later on on Sunday we received indication from the authorities in Qatar that due to the situation in Italy and around the world, everyone of Italian nationality or residents of Italy arriving from there needs to be sure they haven’t been in Italy during the last 14 days. In those cases, it’s not that entrance to Qatar is forbidden, but anyone who has been in Italy in the last 14 days is advised that they will be quarantined for 14 days in Qatar. Obviously that’s not possible for our people, and this was what led us to cancel the MotoGP category at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Because Moto2 and Moto3 have been testing this week in Qatar, it’s possible to continue with the Championship but only with Moto2 and Moto3, as well as the Asia Talent Cup.

“We have been speaking to the authorities in Thailand all weekend and they advised us that early on Monday, Thailand time, there would be a meeting to decide which events can happen in Thailand. It’s not related to Italians or anyone of any other nationality going to Thailand, it’s that they have decided to cancel big events with large numbers of spectators. It’s different to the situation with Qatar, so we decided to postpone the Thailand Grand Prix and try to locate a date at the end of the year to make the GP possible.

“There will absolutely be a 2020 MotoGP season. We will try to continue with everything and stay aware of the situation because it’s changing day by day, but our wish is to do all the races in the 2020 season.”

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There is a lot of evolving knowledge here I know, but I am not being flippant when I wonder if getting the virus is this year's best approach for travellers. If you plan getting it and isolating yourself you might beat any problem of a pandemic and provide some measure of resistance to later exposure whilst we await an effective vaccine.

Any medics have a view?

Of a case where a woman came down with it twice in succession so I don't think that will reassure any authorities.

I think we can expect a lot of disruption to all public events, particulalry international ones. Perhaps this season will have to be played out as a video game...

Carmelo can promise that he wants to hold a 2020 season, that he's committed to holding a 2020 season, but the truth of the matter is that we don't yet know how bad this likely pandemic will be once it starts to spread more raplidly.

I hope it doesn't cancel the 2020 MotoGP season, or the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, but it is too soon to be romising anything.  There are too many unknowns.

Much better to duck and dive for as long as possible; either until a treatment or vaccine comes out, or it reaches the 'cant expand further' point. The effect of getting it is likely to be same whenever you get it, though I suppose in one sense you might be better off as an 'early adopter', before the health services become too impacted. But me, I'll go for low profile.