It should come as no surprise to most people that many of the global motorcycle racing championships are going to be affected by the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
A lot of people that I have discussed the cancellation of next weekend’s MotoGP class race, seem to think it is a “knee-jerk reaction.” When I then point out that the Qatar shutdown is only the tip of the iceberg, they sniff, roll their eyes and walk off. Sure enough, within hours of the first announcement, a second postponement was reported. This time it was round 2 of the Grand Prix World Championship in Thailand, removed from the calendar until further notice.
The next announcement affected the second round of the Superbike World Championship, which was also supposed to take place in Qatar. That, too, has now been postponed.
So, the big-wigs at Dorna have begun to look ahead to round 3 of the MotoGP calendar. Could Texas host the start of the season? Probably, if it can avoid travel restrictions that might be put in place by a cranky germophobe in the shape of Donald Trump. A more realistic prospect would be the Argentinian round.
As for the rest of the season, well, if things keep going the way they are, we will see a widespread ban on public gatherings and sporting events that might include the Olympic Games, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Euro 2020, Rugby, the Isle of Man TT, and Athletics, to name but a few.
All I can say for sure is that this is going to get worse before it gets better.
Stay safe, everyone.