Space in the WorldSBK schedule for postponed races

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It is likely Imola will be postponed from its early-May date
It is likely Imola will be postponed from its early-May date Picture: GeeBee Images

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still yet to reach its peak in Europe, the next few rounds of WorldSBK are still in a state of flux with Dorna more than likely waiting on respective governments to cancel them.

It looks likely that Donington Park will be the championship’s second round as Misano, Aragon and Imola might still be subject to no-fly orders and mass-gathering legislation - and there is no telling yet when Italy will come out of lockdown.

Or what state its economy will be in when it does.

Happily, there is only one race each scheduled for June, July and August, so the postponed events have plenty of scope to be slotted in when the weather is good and everyone is desperate to watch some racing again.

Owners and managers of the smaller teams will be looking to cut costs between then and now, and riders who usually invoice every three months probably will see loss of earnings like everyone else around the world.

But when the circus lands at Donington Park in early July, everything should be well.

Dorna will not want to cancel events of their own accord as the company’s insurance will probably not cover it, but should a local authority do so, then revenues should be protected. And some of those revenues are passed on to teams.

It may be that Dorna has to make a subsatantial loss in 2020 to ensure the continuation of the series, and MotoGP, for the next five years.