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As the epidemic situation of the new coronavirus COVID-19 gradually became severe, the 2020 MotoGP calendar that was originally finalized was once again facing the fate of extension. After canceling the extension of Qatar and Thailand, the U.S. station originally scheduled as the first battle officially announced yesterday. The postponement was also postponed to the end of November in Valencia. The outbreak cast a shadow over the entire season and added more uncertainty to the event.
The US station, which was the first stop of the GP group this season, was also postponed due to the epidemic.
In the final version of the calendar announced on March 5th, the US station will be held on April 5th as the opening game of the GP group. However, as the epidemic gradually heated up, first Austin in the United States declared an emergency and banned large-scale events with more than 2,500 people before May 1st, making the game change. Subsequently, on March 9, a total of 9,172 confirmed diagnoses and 463 deaths were reported out of control in Italy, allowing the Italian authorities to decide to close the city nationwide until April 3.
After Italy announced the closure of the city, it was rumored that Rossi could not leave Italy, but it was confirmed to be misinformation later.
MotoGP sponsor Dorna confirmed: "Because of the continued outbreak of COVID-19, the US station will be postponed to the end of this year." Based on the currently announced schedule, the US station will be postponed to November 15, and The Valencia Station, originally scheduled to be held at the same time, will be postponed for a week until November 22. But the latest schedule is also full of doubts, because the Jerez test will be held from November 19th to 20th, and it will overlap with the finalized Valencia schedule. Whether there will be further changes depends on the organizer's decision.
After the postponement of the US station, the opening battle of the GP group will start at the Argentina station on April 19. Argentina confirmed the first overseas migration case a week ago, and it is still a country with a relatively small epidemic. However, whether the events in Argentina can be held as scheduled may depend on whether Italy can effectively control the epidemic.