More bad news announced at the start of the MotoGP 2020 season as the Thai government stated that they’ll be suspending the OR Thailand Grand Prix which is scheduled to take place from 20-22 March 2020. This decision was made due to the recent Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak which has been plaguing several countries around the globe, including Thailand.
The announcement was made by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, earlier today. According to his statement in the Bangkok Post, “It is necessary for us to postpone the OR Thailand Grand Prix 2020 in Buri Ram scheduled for late March for an indefinite period since Covid-19 has been declared a dangerous communicable disease which has sent a world-wide impact. This is to reflect the government’s seriousness in tackling the problem. The prime minister has been informed about this.”
Motorsports fans in the region will definitely be disappointed with this news as the season opener in Qatar this weekend will also be missing the premier class race due to Qatar travel restrictions placed for people coming from Italy. The Moto3 and Moto2 races will still take place at the Losail International Circuit as the teams and riders are already there after wrapping up their final pre-season testing last weekend.