Moto GP Status and Return Date | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Speed sports bring adrenaline, excitement, rivalries and now, after having studied the situation of the Covid-19, the Moto GP has revealed its calendar, in a tentative way, for what will be the 2020 season.
Analysis Moto GP- Status on COVID-19
As announced, the Moto GP will start on July 19th and will feature 13 races on European soil, seven of them in Spain, which is unprecedented. The federation is still contemplating races in places like Thailand, Malaysia, Texas and Argentina, and the deadline for the final decision is July 31.
The dilemma with these latter destinations is that the requirement is to have fans in the audience, that is, the closed door is not an option, so it depends merely on how the state and control of the pandemic evolves in the different venues.
With the race plan in place, there will be two consecutive Sundays with races in Jerez, Austria, Misano, Aragon and Valencia. Only Brno, Montmeló and Le Mans will have a single date. The scheduled date for the end of the season is November 15th, culminating in Valencia.
Andrea Dovizioso is the clear favourite to win this season, listed -1000. Dovizioso has been second for the last three years and it is time for the Italian, along with his Ducati, to take the glory.
Takaaki Nagakami is also seeking his first world title under the Honda banner. The Japanese rider is looking to bounce back after a blank season.
As for the familiar names, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez are all figures who are always in the spotlight in one or another part of the season. Márquez is the reigning champion under Honda’s standard and is looking forward to regaining the momentum that Dovizioso will represent.
Jorge Lorenzo is looking to return to the top after a poor 2019 season, where he had neither wins nor podiums and was hampered from the start to the end of your season.
Dani Pedrosa did not race in 2019, as a fractured wrist in 2018 sidelined him for the entire previous season. Pedrosa signed for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing with the aim of being the test rider for the development of the KTM RC16 for the Austrian brand, so expectations are high.
Of course, the legendary Valentino Rossi will be present. The record-breaking man and legend of the sport finished seventh last year with just two podiums and zero wins. The Italian is looking for one last championship that would propel him to a total of 10 world titles. The nostalgia of the sport is owned by the Italian.
As for the constructor’s race, Honda has had an excellent recent past in the hands of Márquez and he hopes to defend, once again, a title for the Japanese brand. His second rider is Joreg Lorenzo, so his chances of defending the title are huge. Yamaha will be following closely, with Valentino Rossi hoping to return to the throne.
In third place is Ducati, who have a great engine and great riders as well to be able to compete with any other manufacturer on the circuit. Its riders are Andrea Dovizioso, favourite for the title in 2019, and Danilo Petrucci, who contributed a win and three podiums the year before.
Although this season will be different to the usual ones, with a reduced calendar and few venues, just being able to have a competitive MotoGP season is great news, as we have generational riders, hungry veterans, youngsters eager to snatch the crown, a giant like Honda establishing its legacy and a lot of talent and surprises for what could be the 2020 season.