The Japanese MotoGP race scheduled on October 16-18th, 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The confirmation came from FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports within just days of announcement of the cancellation of the British and Australian rounds.
The iconic Twin Ring Motegi has been on the calendar since 1999 and the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports hope to return to race at the venue in 2021, in front of some of the most dedicated and loyal fans in the world.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports
“It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the very unique Motegi circuit, meaning we will not have a Japanese Grand Prix on the calendar for the first time since 1986.
The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to re-start the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible. For this reason, the FIM and Dorna, in consultation with IRTA and MSMA, have decided that, until mid-November, MotoGP will remain in Europe to do as many European MotoGP events as we are able to. Therefore, overseas events, if at all possible, should be scheduled after mid-November – which would be too late in the year for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan to be held.
For this reason it has been decided, in consultation with Mobilityland, that the Motul Grand Prix of Japan cannot be held in 2020. I very much thank Mobilityland for the support given to MotoGP.
On behalf of Dorna, I would also like to thank all the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We very much look forward to returning to Motegi next year.”