News 9 Apr 2020

Cancellation of season 'a last resort' for Dorna Sports

Holding MotoGP and WorldSBK seasons the highest priority when coronavirus settles.

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Dorna Sports has reaffirmed that it intends to complete as many rounds possible in the MotoGP and Superbike world championships once safe to do so.

It’s been reported this week that Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta doubted the season would go ahead without a coronavirus vaccine.

However, the evolving situation has prompted the organiser of MotoGP and WorldSBK to clarify its stance. It has reiterated that racing is the priority and any cancellation of championships would be ‘a last resort’.

“In light of the continued uncertainty, Dorna Sports would like to reaffirm that racing is our top priority in 2020,” the statement partly read. “The aim of every party involved is to begin racing again as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Our number one focus has always been and will remain on trying to run the 2020 season with as many grands prix as possible, finishing within the 2020 calendar year. However, we will always act in line with health and safety advice from governments and relevant health authorities.

“If the pandemic continues to put our lives and sport on hold for longer than any of us are able to anticipate and travel restrictions remain in place, only as a last resort would Dorna Sports ever consider discussing cancellation of the 2020 season with the FIM, IRTA and the MSMA.

“Our number one focus for WorldSBK is likewise trying to run the 2020 season with as many rounds as possible once it is safe to do so. The priority of all parties involved is to race, safely, and bring our fans more of what they love – motorcycle racing.”

The lone round of WorldSBK was completed at Phillip Island at the beginning of March, while the outbreak forced MotoGP to be cancelled in Qatar, leaving the Moto2 and Moto3 categories to open the season. There have been multiple postponements across both series since.