MotoGP Cancels Motul Grand Prix Of Japan Due To Covid-19

June 1, 2020

The FIM,IRTA and Dorna Sports have now announced the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan after cancelling British and Australian Grand Prixs last week due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The event was scheduled from the 16th to the 18th of October at the Twin Ring Motegi.

Motul Grand Prix is crucial for MotoGP from a brand viewpoint as major manufacturers like Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki are from Japan.

The Twin Ring Motegi has been on the MotoGP calendar since 1999. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports said that the race at the venue will now return in 2021.

Kaoru Tanaka, President, Mobilityland Corporation said: “Mobilityland has been preparing for this year’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, however the situations in Japan and Europe are unpredictable and the extension of the international travel ban is expected. As a result of our discussions with Dorna, the managerial body of the series, we agreed that we have no choice but to cancel the Japanese GP in order to complete the season.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the very unique Motegi circuit, meaning we will not have a Japanese Grand Prix on the calendar for the first time since 1986.

“The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to re-start the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible. For this reason, the FIM and Dorna, in consultation with IRTA and MSMA, have decided that, until mid-November, MotoGP will remain in Europe to do as many European MotoGP events as we are able to. Therefore, overseas events, if at all possible, should be scheduled after mid-November – which would be too late in the year for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan to be held.

“For this reason it has been decided, in consultation with Mobilityland, that the Motul Grand Prix of Japan cannot be held in 2020. I very much thank Mobilityland for the support given to MotoGP. On behalf of Dorna, I would also 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 Motegi next year.”