The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant influence on all sporting occasions in 2020, with MotoGP’s unique 20-race season remodeled right into a closely revised 14-round schedule which started final July.
Centred in Europe, MotoGP held double-headers at Jerez, Purple Bull Ring, Misano, Aragon and Valencia, whereas it additionally managed to convey again the Portuguese GP to the calendar for the primary time since 2012.
Through the lockdown interval of 2020, MotoGP promoters Dorna additionally rolled out a monetary help package deal for all impartial MotoGP groups, plus all the Moto2 and Moto3 grid equating to €9.075 million over a three-month interval.
Although COVID continues to be an issue for MotoGP in 2021, it has loved a largely regular calendar to date in 2021 and is heading in the right direction to host 19 rounds.
Talking solely to Autosport’s sister Spanish language web site es.motorsport.com, Ezpeleta has no regrets over any of the measures MotoGP took final 12 months to make sure the 2020 season occurred.
“Proper now, all the pieces we’ve got finished I’d do it over again,” Ezpeleta mentioned. “I don’t see something that we haven’t finished that might enhance issues.
“I feel the world championship has been strengthened by the way in which we dealt with COVID.
“We don’t wish to boast, however each in Spain and overseas the trouble we’ve got made to hold out what we needed to do has been considered.”
Carmelo Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Dorna Sports activities,
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The 2021 calendar stays in a state of flux regardless of finishing 9 rounds already, with the Japanese Grand Prix scheduled for 3 October cancelled last week.
As an alternative has come the US GP at COTA, although additional revisions are anticipated – most notably with Australia set to be cancelled on account of strict border guidelines within the nation at present.
The anticipated calendar adjustments to the top of the marketing campaign are set to incorporate a back-to-back with Thailand and Malaysia, whereas Portugal is ready to return for a second occasion to make up for the cancellation of Australia – thus holding the calendar at 19 rounds.
“In Australia there have been two issues: quarantine and the bubble idea, which may be very sophisticated in Phillip Island as a result of there are virtually no accommodations, so the employees have to remain in homes,” Ezpeleta added.