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Some racing is re-starting as other events cancel

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The racing world can’t seem to make up its mind. Even as some series are planning to start their 2020 seasons, with limitations due to COVID-19, other events are being cancelled, even though they’re months away.

On the international scene, it seems MotoGP will be back in business sometime in July. Series organizers are planning to start the season with a visit to Jerez, and they’re trying to work out an agreement with the Spanish government to make that happen. World Superbike is in a similar situation; once Dorna, the owners of both series, has a clear set of guidelines, then the plan is to put together a plan for running races. Most likely, the start of the international racing scene will see back-to-back weekends of MotoGP racing at Jerez, followed by a double-header (or is it a triple-header now?) of World Superbike racing the next weekend.

In  North America, some tracks and amateur series are opening up, and so is MotoAmerica. MotoAmerica plans to kick off its season at RoadAmerica on the last weekend in May, but with teams limited to a skeleton crew of staff, and no fans (no doubt MotoGP and World Superbike will also look something like this when they resume). Some details are no doubt going to change, but at this point, MotoAmerica is also planning another visit to the Georgia track in June, with fans allowed in to those races; this will replace the cancelled VIR race, and the rest of the schedule has also seen some re-jigging to make it all work. As for Canada, the Canadian Superbike championship is looking at a shortened season after losing title sponsor Mopar; at this point, there are only three weekends on the schedule now, including two doubleheaders.

Supercross is coming back soon, with Monster Energy AMA Supercross planning to run all seven remaining races running in Salt Lake City in front of empty stadiums, between May 31 and June 21. These races will be broadcast on NBC Sports (check your local listing for more details), but there will be no fans in attendance. Everyone on-site for the races must be tested for COVID-19, as part of the deal to make the series happen.

But not everything is a go. Bonneville’s Speed Week has been cancelled, despite the fact it’s months away at this point, and land speed racing is a very socially-isolating activity.

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