The Thai Grand Prix is set to be rescheduled by the FIM and Dorna
After the Qatar race was cancelled due to concerns and travel restrictions following the global outbreak of coronavirus, the second round in the 2020 MotoGP calendar was postponed by the FIM and Dorna.
Dorna has confirmed earlier this morning that the Thai Grand Prix is postponed. The news comes as a result of a report from the Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
So, due to the growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the second round in the 2020 MotoGP calendar scheduled to be held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram between March 20-22 will have to be rescheduled by the FIM and Dorna for later this year.
"Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been taken to postpone the Thai GP.
"As the global outbreak of coronavirus continues to develop, the Thai government has communicated that it won’t be possible to hold the OR Thailand Grand Prix on its original date. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna, therefore, regret to announce that the event, due to be held on the 22nd of March in Buriram, has been postponed.
"The FIM, IRTA and Dorna are currently evaluating if an alternative date is possible for the event later this season. Further updates will be published as soon as available," announced the Thai Government.
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna are currently looking to find a solution and see if it’s possible to reschedule the race for later this season.
For the last two MotoGP seasons, the Thai race was held in early October and was only moved to March for this season.
The decision to postpone the Thailand round comes less than 24 hours after the 2020 MotoGP Qatar round was cancelled for the premier class. The Moto2 and Moto3 races will be held in Qatar due to the fact that the teams and riders are already at the circuit following the latest MotoGP Qatar tests.
So, the next race on the 2020 MotoGP calendar is scheduled at The Circuit of the Americas in Texas on April 5.