The MotoGP class has been cancelled from the upcoming Qatar Grand Prix due to travel restrictions affecting passengers from Italy.
As the Moto2 and Moto3 classes were already in Qatar for a three-day test at the Losail circuit, proceedings will go ahead with a revised schedule.
According to event officials, the decision to cancel the premier class competition was due to the vital role that Italy plays in the MotoGP class.
“FIM, IRTA and Dorna regret to announce the cancellation of all MotoGP class sessions at the Grand Prix of Qatar, including the race,” a statement reads.
“The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has resulted in Qatar travel restrictions being brought into force that affect passengers from Italy, amongst other countries.
“As of today, all passengers arriving at Doha on direct flights from Italy, or having been in Italy in the past two weeks, will be taken straight to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Italy clearly plays a vital role in the Championship and in the MotoGP class – both on track and off – and therefore the decision has been taken to cancel premier class competition.”
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