MotoGP’s opening pre-season check of 2021 on account of happen in Malaysia subsequent month has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MotoGP had been on account of maintain its now conventional two three-day pre-season exams in Malaysia on the Sepang Worldwide Circuit on 19-21 February and in Qatar on the Losail Worldwide Circuit on 10-12 March.
Autosport reported earlier this month MotoGP had been working with Malaysian authorities to ease COVID restrictions on the paddock entering the country for the check.
Regardless of an escalation within the pandemic once more in Europe, all appeared good for the Sepang check and the previous shakedown for check riders going forward.
Nonetheless, this was plunged into doubt on Tuesday when a state of emergency was declared in Malaysia owing to a surge in circumstances.
MotoGP has now confirmed the check has been cancelled, though at present the Qatar outing goes forward as deliberate. No info has been given on whether or not the Sepang check will probably be changed.
A press release from MotoGP learn: “The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports activities remorse to announce the cancellation of each the Shakedown Take a look at and the Official Sepang Take a look at.
“The continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns and issues have obliged the cancellation of each occasions, which have been set to happen at Sepang Worldwide Circuit in Malaysia in February.
“The Qatar Take a look at, at present set to happen at Losail Worldwide Circuit from the 10th to the 12th of March, continues to be confirmed and any additional updates or modifications will probably be offered as quickly as obtainable.”
MotoGP is ready for a 20-race calendar in 2021, after its plans for a schedule of the identical size needed to be scrapped final yr on account of COVID-19.
The season is ready to start on 28 March in Qatar and finish in November in Valencia.
Nonetheless, the character of the pandemic at present means that is very prone to change within the coming weeks, with the early races in the US and Argentina unlikely to go forward.
On Tuesday, Method 1 confirmed its Australian Grand Prix season-opener had been postponed to later in the year together with the Chinese language GP.
Its season is now on account of start in Bahrain on the identical weekend as MotoGP’s Qatar GP.