The 2020 MotoGP season has been deferred until late June at the earliest after the announcement of the postponement of the Italian and Catalan Grands Prix.
The first six Grands Prix of the season were already delayed with the Italian Grand Prix from Mugello on May 31 slated to begin the season.
But with Italy being one of the world’s worst-hit countries of the covid-19 pandemic, the event was largely expected to be postponed. While the Catalan round also became implausible after Spain has recorded more than 135 000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The sport’s governing body, the FIM, confirmed the postponement of the rounds today but have acknowledged that no revised calendar has been issued as they continue to wait out the pandemic situation.
The changes mean that the German Grand Prix slated for June 21 would be the earliest the 2020 MotoGP season could start.
Dorna Sports, who are the commercial rights holders of MotoGP, have agreed to a $17 million financial aid package to support all satellite MotoGP teams, as well as teams in Moto2 and Moto3, as they prepare for the economic aftershocks of coronavirus.