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Coronavirus fears cause three more races to be knocked off the 2020 roster
The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme), IRTA ( International Road Racing Teams Association) and Dorna Sports have announced the cancellation of three more MotoGP races. The HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland (Germany), the Motul TT Assen (Netherlands), and the Grand Prix of Finland have all been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland was set to take place at the Sachsenring from June 19-21, the Motul TT Assen at the TT Circuit Assen from June 26-28 and the Grand Prix of Finland was set to see the new KymiRing make its debut on the MotoGP calendar on July 10-12.
The cancellation of these events also obliges the cancellation of the corresponding FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, Northern Talent Cup and FIM Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup track activity at the same events.
Speaking on the announcement, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO, Dorna Sports, said, “It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of these three important Grands Prix on the MotoGP calendar. The German GP is raced on a truly unique track with an incredible history, and the KymiRing is an exciting new venue set to welcome Grand Prix motorcycle racing back to Finland for the first time since 1982. And the iconic TT Circuit Assen had the unique honour of being the only venue to have held a round of the motorcycle racing Grand Prix World Championship every year, uninterrupted, since the championship began in 1949. On behalf of Dorna I would like to thank all the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We very much look forward to returning to the Sachsenring and the TT Circuit Assen in 2021, and eagerly await the Grand Prix debut of the new KymiRing next season.”
Any and all updates regarding the affected calendars of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the FIM Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the Northern Talent Cup will be provided as soon as available.
And notwithstanding the cancelled races, our MotoGP champs have been staying busy, courtesy the #stayathomeGP. So the racing excitement is far from over.