The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the Spanish company Dorna Sport, organizer of the Superbike world championship have announced the postponement of the second scoring event of the competition, which was to be held in Qatar between March 13 and 15 as a result of restrictions imposed by local authorities with the coronavirus epidemic.
«The restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, which initially affected Italian travelers and later others who had been in Italy for the two weeks prior to their displacement and which oblige them to pass a minimum quarantine of 14 days”.
These are the reasons given in the statement to postpone the aforementioned competition and that have already forced the Qatar Grand Prix to be held on March 8 to be canceled for the MotoGP category, while the Moto2 and Moto3 riders will take to the track.
The coronavirus has also affected the second round of the 2020 MotoGP calendar, Thailand, which is suspended, with the date to be decided.
“The Thai government has communicated that it will not be possible to hold the event on its original date as the global coronavirus outbreak continues to expand, and the FIM, IRTA and Dorna are currently evaluating an alternative date to hold the event later this season. »
A complicated start for the two most important motorcycling championships that see their respective calendars altered, although on the part of Dorna, they have the objective that the 2020 championship be played with the greatest of guarantees for teams and riders.