COVID-19 pandemic prompts Phillip Island MotoGP round cancellation.
Phillip Island’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix has formally been cancelled for 2020 as MotoGP organisers move to adjust the championship due to coronavirus.
Both Australia and the British GP have been dropped from the calendar, the FIM, IRTA and Doona Sports confirmed this afternoon.
“We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar,” explained Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
“Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our championship.
“On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles.”
The Australian grand prix was set to take place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit between 23-25 October. It has been the home of MotoGP in Australia since its return to Victoria in 1997.
“We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little AO.
“But the right decision has been made. The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”