Updated 2020 MotoGP Calendar released

Europe gets another GP as Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia get axed from the 2020 MotoGP schedule

Argentina MotoGP

COVID-19 continues to throw the 2020 MotoGP season into disarray as more rounds are axed and Europe gains yet another GP instead.

The FIM, Dorna, and IRTA have taken the decision to fully cancel the postponed Argentine, Malaysian and Thai rounds of the 2020 MotoGP season. MotoGP’s governing bodies have taken the decision siting the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘resulting complications’ as the primary reason.

Instead of simply forgoing three grand prix that usually throw up some epic racing battles, MotoGP will instead head to a new season-ending round after the Valencia round. The date for the event will be the 20th to the 22nd of November, although the venue is as yet unconfirmed.

The move doesn’t affect Thai MotoGP’s standing with regards to racing in 2021 and beyond, confirming it is hoped to be on the calendar until 2026 and beyond. They go on to confirm that they are currently in talks with both the promoters of the Termas de Río Hondo and Sepang to organise events for 2021.

FIM President Jorge Viegas said:

"I would like to thank Dorna, all the teams, the national federations and local organisers for enabling us to get back on track. In doing so, we adapt every day and we will have a very complete and competitive FIM MotoGP World Championship in 2020. The location of the 15th Grand Prix will be announced soon, and we will be back - stronger than ever!"

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Argentina, Thailand and Malaysian Grands Prix this season, and they will be very much missed on the 2020 calendar.  The passion of the fans who often travel across continents to enjoy MotoGP with us in Termas de Rio Hondo, Buriram and Sepang is incredible, creating as they do such an incredible atmosphere and welcome for the sport. However, we are delighted to add another Grand Prix in Europe to the 2020 calendar, and reveal our new agreement that will see MotoGP racing in Thailand and Buriram until at least 2026. We are very much looking forward to returning to Thailand, Argentina and Malaysia next year and as always, I would like to thank the fans for their patience and understanding."