MotoGP cancels 2020 Italian GP race at Mugello

MotoGP race at the Mugello International Cuircuit for the sixth round of World Championship in Scarperia, Italy Image: Fabio Averna via Getty Images)
MotoGP race at the Mugello International Cuircuit for the sixth round of World Championship in Scarperia, Italy Image: Fabio Averna via Getty Images)
Fabio Averna
  • Eight MotoGP race canceled this year
  • Season originally scheduled to start on March 8 in Qatar
  • Organisers hope to start the season on July 19 in Jerez, Spain

The MotoGP Italian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for May 31 at Mugello and then postponed, has been cancelled, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) announced on Wednesday.

"Despite the communal effort made to find a practical solution, the impossibility of staging an event that is open to spectators, as well as the difficulties that have arisen from this exceptional situation, have not allowed us to find a new date for the Italian Grand Prix," said Paulo Poli, CEO of Mugello Circuit in an FIM statement.

The FIM said this will be the first time in nearly 30 years that the Tuscan circuit will not host the Italian motorcycling Grand Prix.

The season was originally scheduled to start on March 8 in Qatar, but only the Moto2 and Moto3 events were raced.

The FIM and the promoter of the MotoGP championship, the Spanish group Dorna, have yet to present a revised calendar for the World Championship, which has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian MotoGP is the eighth race to be cancelled.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta indicated in early June that he expected to present a new calendar soon.

"If all goes well, we will start on July 19th in Jerez and the last races will take place in November, from 12 to 13 races," he said.

Dorna has asked the Spanish government for permission to hold two races behind closed doors on July 19 and 26 at the Jerez circuit in Andalusia, but has not yet received an answer.

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