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Italian and Catalan races join growing list of MotoGP postponements

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing leads the field. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has claimed another pair of major events, with this season’s MotoGP races in Italy and Catalonia now postponed.

The Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley and Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, were set to be held at the Autodromo del Mugello from May 29 to 31 and at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from June 5 to 7, respectively.

Revised dates for these Grands Prix, as well as the recently-postponed French and Spanish GPs, cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when it will be possible to hold the events. MotoGP said on its website that a revised calendar will be published as soon as available.

Hosts Spain and Italy are among the worst-hit countries, with over 16,000 deaths in Italy and 13,000 in Spain recorded to date from Covid-19.

The latest decisions bring to seven the number of postponed MotoGP races in 2020.