The Grand Prix of the Americas, which had been moved to November 13-15th because of the coronavirus outbreak, has now been canceled.
The news comes from the track’s Instagram account, which states that the Austin round will return in 2021, on April 16-18th.
The cancelation of this year’s American round is of little surprise, as the COVID-19 situation in the United States grows more dire with each passing day, especially in Texas.
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Big news! The fastest bikes in the world will return next year for an even bigger MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on April 16-18, 2021! This year’s event on November 13-15, 2020 has been canceled. Ticket holders will receive an email with further information. #AmericasGP
Even before that though, the rescheduling of this year’s race to November brought up numerous red flags, especially concerning the weather in Austin, Texas during that time of year, which can range from warm and sunny to cold and possibly snowing.
There are also doubts about whether the MotoGP Championship will even leave the European continent this year, which will depend highly on the state of the flyaway locations, and whether there is a second wave of the coronavirus in Europe.
With all these doubts in the air, it is not surprising to see a promoter or venue cancel this year’s MotoGP race. The logistics involved in putting on a grand prix race are too great to operate on anything but a certainty of the race going forward.
For American fans, hoping to watch MotoGP bikes while eating Texan BBQ, it looks like the Circuit of the Americas will be honoring this year’s tickets for next year’s events. We await official information from the track, however.
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