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March 1st, 2020, 09:59 AM   #1
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Rumour of no MotoGP in Qatar

https://twitter.com/denkmit/status/1...767898624?s=19

Wouldn't think Simon Patterson would post this for no reason.
Moto2 and Moto3 to go ahead as they are already there but MotoGP crews and riders went home after test.
Hopefully bullshit.

https://twitter.com/denkmit/status/1...602585600?s=19

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March 1st, 2020, 10:26 AM   #2
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I'm in Doha now, it's cancelled. A lot of events worldwide have been cancelled including the Geneva Auto Show and Baselworld 2020. I'm sure there will be a lot more cancellations in the near future.
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Confirmed on Autosport.com.

Travel restrictions and quarantine protocols especially for arriving team members from Italy, has made it impossible to do the event. Moto2 and Moto3 are just finishing up testing so all team members are already in Qatar. Those two races will be going ahead.

https://www.autosport.com/motogp/new...to-coronavirus
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This could throw a spanner in the works for a lot of the fly away rounds including the first round or two in Europe if the other fly always go ahead.
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This could throw a spanner in the works for a lot of the fly away rounds including the first round or two in Europe if the other fly always go ahead.
Yes, it is going to turn into quite the logistical challenge. Many riders and team members will avoid going home (or to potential travel affected countries between rounds)

Also, kropo reports that the motogp bikes are already in Qatar, with no personnel available to repack them for shipping to Thailand or the US.
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March 1st, 2020, 08:42 PM   #6
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It’s being reported now that Thailand has been suspended indefinitely.

It comes as no surprise that conspiracy theorists are now sure that this has all been done to favour Marquez. I wonder how all those same people would feel if the race went forward without people who’ve been to Italy able to go....
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Potentially no moto2 & 3. I read that clinical mobile staff are not present in Qatar with numbers required to hold a race meeting.

Kinda sucks cause we all waited months for a new season, but in the end it's only racing. There are more important things in the world happening at the moment.
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March 2nd, 2020, 02:25 AM   #8
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The engines are sealed the Thursday before the first race, which is now over a month away...

Do we think we are going to see any brave factories doing engine development over the next few weeks and letting their test riders have the final say?

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I would think that the USA round will be postponed as well due the USA new travel restrictions announcement this weekend and the covid19 cases increasing in the USA
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Potentially no moto2 & 3. I read that clinical mobile staff are not present in Qatar with numbers required to hold a race meeting.

Kinda sucks cause we all waited months for a new season, but in the end it's only racing. There are more important things in the world happening at the moment.
Yes & no, I keep going to work in an international environment & get exposed every day & have a pregnant woman.

I want to watch my races which i have been waiting on for months. This was important for me as I need one escape valve which is usually motogp

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