MotoGP ringmaster Ezpeleta hoping to start 2020 season in July

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MotoGP ringmaster Carmelo Ezpeleta is looking to try and start the 2020 season in July but it looks like many or all of the races will be without spectators.

The series has yet to run a premier class race this year due to the coronavirus pandemic but Ezpeleta says his most optimistic scenario to get underway is towards the end of July, making Brno the season opener.

“Since Qatar we are working very hard to allocate a calendar for this year and have been in constant contact with the FIM, IRTA and the manufacturers,” said Ezpeleta.

“The most optimistic scenario is to begin at the end of July but it depends on the situations. We have to take care of some things when the countries allow us when the doors are open to travel from one to another.

“We need to make a championship that starts in Europe at the end of July, and then depending on the situation we can consider going to the end of the year if the countries allow us.

Every day I am thinking it is more possible to make these races. We can make two consecutive events at the same circuit and then move. In Europe there is the possibility to move by car.

Spectators will more than likely not be allowed into the tracks but Ezpeleta will try and run all three classes, keeping paddock staff down to a minimum.

“We consider the most possible scenario is without spectators. We don’t think it will be possible unless a vaccine is sent. We will consider to do the three categories and MotoE also .

“We are working with IRTA and the teams to consider a maximum number of staff in the paddock of 1300 to make the races and show it on television.”

It may be that non-television media and hospitality staff, for example, are excluded from events.