Despite many crossed fingers, Dorna Sports today announced that the Australian motorcycle grand prix will not go ahead.

The event was due to take place at Phillip Island grand prix circuit from October 23-25, but has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

MotoGP says it will offer full refunds to all ticket holders.

“We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world, but the right decision has been made,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little.

“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”

Aussie rider Jack Miller also reacted to the local GP’s cancellation.

“It’s a massive shame to not be able to race at home this year, but I completely understand that in these uncertain and difficult times tough decisions have to be made,” he said.

“Phillip Island is always one of the highlights of the year for all of us riders because of the amazing fans and how much we all love the track. We’ll all be excited to get back there for 2021 and I’ll be doing everything I can to get back on that podium again.”

Dorna also announced that the British Grand Prix will not take place in 2020. The event was planned to go ahead from August 28-30 at the Silverstone circuit.

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