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Japanese MotoGP race cancelled

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Japanese MotoGP, which was set to take place on October 16-18 at Motegi.

As the home event for MotoGP manufacturers Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, the Japanese MotoGP is a significant event in the series’ calendar. Termination of the race means Japan will not host a round of MotoGP for the first time since 1986.

The 2020 MotoGP season is yet to start. Last week, MotoGP announced the cancellation of this year’s British and Australian grands prix. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP owner Dorna Sports, said this week that the series would remain in Europe until at least mid-November.

Dorna Sports is yet to publish a calendar for 2020, although has agreed a deal to host two rounds in Jerez, Spain in July, pending approval from the Spanish government.

Ezpeleta said “The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to re-start the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible.

“For this reason, the FIM and Dorna, in consultation with IRTA and MSMA, have decided that, until mid-November, MotoGP will remain in Europe to do as many European MotoGP events as we are able to.”