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The good news is that, at least for now, the Portimao MotoGP season finale is set to go ahead on November 20-22.

The bad news is that plans to have around 30,000 fans present for the circuit’s inaugural MotoGP round have now been blocked by the prime minister.

Like many countries, Portugal is now battling to contain rising coronavirus cases but the final straw as far as fans being present for the MotoGP appears to have been a lack of social distancing among a similar number of F1 spectators at last month’s four-wheel grand prix.

“What happened at the [F1] Grand Prix is unacceptable and cannot be repeated,” Reuters quotes Prime Minister Antonio Costa as saying.

“We have already told the organisers that the MotoGP race will be held without an audience because our inability to organise events of this scale with spectators has been revealed.”

The Portuguese MotoGP event, like most of the rounds this season, will thus be held behind closed doors.

Despite increasing restrictions on movement, MotoGP currently believes it can complete the final three events of a heavily revised 14-round season, which are due to be held at Valencia, Spain on November 6-8 and 13-15, and then Portimao.

But with the top four riders in the world championship – Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli – all covered by 25 points (the equivalent of a race win), the loss of even one event could have a major impact on the outcome of the title.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

   
 

6 September

   

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

   

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

   

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo



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