The 2020 MotoGP world championship has three rounds left and the battle is on between the top six riders who are only separated by 32 points. Leading the charge is Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir and everyone is preparing for the upcoming double-header in Valencia, Spain followed by Portimao in Portugal.
The Portimao GP in Portugal which was announced as the final round in this year’s championship faces the risk of being cancelled following the announcement of the country’s government to reassess the event scheduled on 22 November 2020.
The risk is indeed great as the country is experiencing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases. Even the recent Formula 1 round was no exception to this pandemic as 14 positive cases were reported amongst the teams while they were there.
According to Diogo Serras Lopez, Health Secretary of State of the Portuguese Government, “The evolution of the pandemic means that all measures, all events, and everything that will happen in the future are continuously accessed, and the best decisions will be made based on the evolution of the pandemic and what happens in the upcoming days.”
Currently, Spain has declared a state of emergency where a curfew has been enforced to assist in curbing the widespread of COVID-19 in the country. According to Dorna, the situation is being handled according to the protocols and the double-header in Valencia should take place without any issues.
As for the Portugal GP, the official announcement will be made soon. Stay tuned for more updates.