MotoGP classes will not run at next weekend’s Grand Prix season opener at Losail due to travel restrictions in Qatar.
People travelling in from Italy and certain other countries will be placed into immediate quarantine for 14 days, starting tomorrow.
“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,” said an FIM statement.
“As the teams and riders of the Moto2 and Moto3 classes were already in Qatar for the three-day official test at Losail International Circuit earlier this week, the races of both categories will be possible.
“The lightweight and intermediate classes will therefore compete in their season opener from the 6th to 8th March.
“The same will apply to the Asia Talent Cup, which will have two races during the Qatar Grand Prix as originally planned.”