Daytona 200 race to go ahead without spectators

The Daytona 200 will take place 'behind closed doors' after spectators were prohibited from attending one of the biggest dates in the US racing calendar

Daytona 200

The famous Daytona Speedway grandstands will be largely empty of spectators this weekend for the Daytona 200 after organisers for the sportsbike event closed doors to fans.

With numerous sporting events around the world being cancelled or postponed, there were fears the Daytona 200 – the blue riband American motorcycle racing event – would be forced to follow suit.

However, after consultation between the series and track officials, it was decided to run the event but do so without spectators in attendance, as well as limiting team personnel on the ground.

Its statement was later revised to allow those with camping passes that have already purchased tickets to access the venue but be restricted to just that area.

“After consultation between series and track officials, American Flat Track will hold its doubleheader race event on Saturday, March 14 at Daytona International Speedway without fans in attendance. This event will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events.

“Advance ticket holders are offered equivalent admission for any other AFT Events race occurring within the next 18 calendar months.

“The event will continue to live stream on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.”

A total of 68 riders will compete in the 2020 Daytona 200, which comprises of 600cc 'Supersport' machines, the majority of which are Yamaha R6s with a handful of Suzuki GSX-R600s and Kawasaki ZX-6Rs. Notable names include Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin and Sheridan Morais.