The COVID-19 (a.k.a. 2019 novel coronavirus) outbreak has put a hold on racing around the globe. Here are the latest updates on canceled and postponed motorcycle-racing schedules:
The FIM announced, March 30, that the 2020 ISDE in Italy has been canceled. It will, however, take place next year at the same location. Team USA will have to wait another year to defend its title.
The Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, originally planned for May 1-3, has become the latest MotoGP round to be postponed. No new date has been given at this time. Earlier this month, it was announced that Argentina MotoGP and the Grand Prix of the Americas moved to November. The French Grand Prix at Le Mans is next in line to host the season opener.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it has rescheduled the Indy 500 to August 23. To accommodate the change, MotoAmerica has rescheduled its Superbikes at the Brickyard event to October 9-11.
MotoAmerica rescheduled the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta round from April 17-19 to July 31-August 2. And it was already announced that the Americas GP event at COTA moves to November 15. As it stands now, the series will begin at VIRginia International Raceway on May 1-3, though MotoAmerica is continuing to monitor that situation as well.
“We are all in this together as everyone in the world is affected in some way by COVID-19,” MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey said. “There are a lot of people who are struggling right now on so many levels. Even though racing motorcycles doesn’t rank highly in the list of problems going on in our world, our teams and our racetracks rely on racing because it’s their livelihood. With that being said, racing right now just isn’t possible. However, we’ve been working with the good people at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to find an alternative date and we’re happy that with their help we’ve been able to obtain the July 31-August 2 weekend. We really appreciate them working with us because this is obviously a very difficult time for them as well.”
“Our goal is to race at every track that is on our current schedule,” said MotoAmerica’s Chuck Aksland. “And we are working hard on a daily basis trying to finalize dates.”
Fans who have already purchased tickets for the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta round can use those tickets for the rescheduled July 31-August 2 weekend.
Supercross will resume later in the year; no dates have been announced. See the statements from Feld Entertainment at the following link: 2020 Supercross Schedule Update
Statement from MSVR regarding COVID-19 and the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship: Yesterday (March 23) the UK Government announced further and unprecedented measures designed to suppress the spread of the Coronavirus and limit COVID-19 infections. Following the latest Government updates, the MCRCB and the ACU have currently suspended all motorcycle circuit racing events until at least May 31, a decision which will be kept under review as the situation progresses.
In addition to last week’s postponement of the opening round at Silverstone (April 10-12), the Oulton Park (May 1-3) and Donington Park (May 22-24) rounds of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship have now also been postponed.
The Assen round of WorldSBK has been postponed until August 21-23. Earlier in March, WorldSBK moved both Jerez and Magny-Cours to October. Here is the most recent World Superbike schedule:
||(Rnd 2) Imola, Italy
||(Rnd 3) Aragón, Spain
||(Rnd 4) Misano, Italy
||(Rnd 5) Donington Park, England
||(Rnd 6) Oschersleben, Germany
||(Rnd 7) Assen, The Netherlands
||(Rnd 8) Portimão, Portugal
||(Rnd 9) Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
||(Rnd 10) Magny-Cours, France
||(Rnd 11) San Juan, Argentina
||(Rnd 12) Jerez, Spain
||(Rnd 13) Losail, Qatar
American Flat Track
American Flat Track has postponed the May 2nd Texas Half-Mile at Texas Motor Speedway and the May 9th So Cal Half-Mile at Southern California Fairgrounds. As previously announced, the May 16 Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo Fair will also run at a later date to be determined. This puts Lexington, Kentucky on May 30th as the potential season opener.
The Blythe round at Shorty’s Sports Park (April 17-19) is postponed.
The Havasu WORCS race, scheduled March 22, has been canceled.
WORCS just issued this release: We are saddened to announce that we will have to, unfortunately, postpone WORCS MC Round 3 and 4 of Lake Havasu. The City of Lake Havasu got the call this evening that they had to suspend all events that occur with 10 or more people, and that the health inspector would come and immediately shut any event down. We at WORCS racing tried everything we could to keep the racing going all the way to the end.
The next WORCS round is scheduled for May 1-3 in Las Vegas, NV.
MX Sports Pro Racing has officially announced an amended event schedule. Under this revised championship calendar, Pro MX will commence on Saturday, June 13, beginning with the Florida National from Jacksonville’s WW Ranch Motocross Park:
||(Rnd 1) Jacksonville, FL
||(Rnd 2) Mt. Morris, PA
||(Rnd 3) Southwick, MA
||(Rnd 4) Buchanan, MI
||(Rnd 5) Lakewood, CO
||(Rnd 6) Millville, MN
||(Rnd 7) Washougal, WA
||(Rnd 8) New Berlin, NY
||(Rnd 9) Mechanicsville, MD
||(Rnd 10) Crawfordsville, IN
||(Rnd 11) Pala, CA
FIM World Speed Trials
FIM World Speed Trials that were planned for March 28-30 in Lake Gairdner, Australia are postponed.
Caprock National Enduro
The Caprock Canyon National Enduro hosted by the Post Enduro Association that was previously scheduled for March 22 in Turkey, TX has been rescheduled for Nov 15. Here’s the current schedule:
||(Rnd 2) Forest Hill, LA
||(Rnd 3) Greensboro, GA
||(Rnd 4) Huntersville, MN
||(Rnd 5) Cross Fork, PA
||(Rnd 6) Chandlersville, OH
||(Rnd 7) Park Hills, MO
||(Rnd 8) Matthews, IN
||(Rnd 9) Stanton, AL
||(Rnd 2) Turkey, TX
National Hare & Hound
Rounds five and six in Jericho, UT are postponed and Murphy, ID round is cancelled. The next round is scheduled for August 22 in Panaca, Nevada.
The opening round of the 2020 OMA Championship in Prophetstown, Illinois, March 21-22, has been postponed.
James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship MX
The 11th annual James Stewart Spring Championship Motocross, scheduled for March 16-21, in Wortham, Texas, has been canceled.
FIM World Endurance
Le Mans 24 Hour Rescheduled
The 43rd edition of the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic has been postponed due to the Coronavirus.
Originally re-scheduled for September 5-6, the organizers have made the odd decision to move the race forward to August 29-30. The 8 Hours of Oschersleben is still on for June 6 and Suzuka 8 Hours on July 19.
More information can be found at https://www.lemans.org/
2020 WESS Enduro World Championship
The opening two rounds of the 2020 WESS Enduro World Championship, Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal and Trefle Lozerien AMV in France, have been postponed and cancelled, respectively. Erzbergrodeo is still on the schedule for June 10-14.
American Flat Track
Due to the increasing state and national event restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDI Racing and Cal Expo have decided to postpone the 2020 Legendary Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo Fair to a later date. All pre-purchased tickets will be honored on the rescheduled date. Fans who require a refund may contact Etix Customer Service at 1-800-514-3849.
American Flat Track has decided to postpone its March 28 Atlanta Short Track and April 4 Charlotte Half-Mile events until further notice. Additionally, ticket sales for the May 2 Texas Half-Mile and May 9 So-Cal Half-Mile have been postponed until further notice.
March 18, 2020:
MXGP of Italy was scheduled to take place on May 17 at Maggiora circuit moves to July 5. MXGP of Germany in Teutschenthal changed from May 24 to August 9.
MXGP of Patagonia, Argentina, scheduled for March 21-22 is postponed. It is now scheduled for November 21-22, 2020.
The MXGP of Trentino, Italy, scheduled for April 4-5, is postponed to July 18-19, 2020.
MXGP of Portugal scheduled for April 25-26 moves to October 17-18.
Here’s the most current MXGP schedule:
||(Rnd 3) Orlyonok, Russia
||(Rnd 4) Kegums, Latvia
||(Rnd 5) Saint Jean d’Angely, France
||(Rnd 6) Maggiora, Italy
||(Rnd 7) Pietramurata, Italy
||(Rnd 8) Loket, Czech Republic
||(Rnd 9) Lommel, Belgium
||(Rnd 10) Teutschenthal, Germany
||(Rnd 11) Uddevalla, Sweden
||(Rnd 12) Iitti, Finland
||(Rnd 13) Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
||(Rnd 14) Shanghai, China
||(Rnd 15) Imola, Italy
||(Rnd 16) Arroyomolinos, Spain
||(Rnd 17) Agueda, Portugal
||(Rnd 18) Jakarta, Indonesia
||(Rnd 19) TBA, Indonesia
||(Rnd 20) Neuquen, Argentina
Full Gas Sprint Enduro
Round three of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro North Carolina, scheduled for March 28-29, postponed. The following statement was issued:
Due to the North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order No. 117, issued on March 14, 2020, that prohibits mass gatherings, the promoters of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series along with the owners of North Carolina Motorsports Park announce the postponement of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro event scheduled for March 28-29.
Merzouga Rally 2020
The Merzouga Rally, which was scheduled to take place from May 25-29, is canceled. It cannot be postponed, but a new edition of the Merzouga Rally is scheduled for next year, May 14-18, 2021.
Best In The Desert
March 17, 2020:
Jagged X National Desert Cup, Scheduled for March 20-22, Postponed
Best In The Desert was advised by the BLM that there is uncertainty whether or not they will be allowed to proceed with the event as scheduled. Based on this information, the decision was made to postpone the event to a future date.
“With a heavy heart, we’ve made the decision to postpone the upcoming Jagged X National Desert Cup Presented by Quantum Motorsports due to the ramifications of the Covid-19 virus,” commented Daryl Folks, CEO of Best In The Desert. “This event, in particular, requires cooperation with several land use agencies, and today we were informed that they might be instructed at the federal level not to continue even with already permitted off-road events. We didn’t want to be in the position where all our racers, sponsors, families and pit support personnel came to the event only to have it canceled at the last minute by one of the federal agencies outside our control. We also had to consider the safety of all, as safety has always been at the top of our list at Best In The Desert. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but please stay tuned for the replacement date as we fully intend to host this exciting event in the near future.”
Any questions or concerns regarding the Jagged X National Desert Cup Presented By Quantum Motorsports be directed to Best In The Desert by calling 702-457-5775.
The State Line Super Moto scheduled for April 3-5 at Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, NV won’t run until next year, on April 9 – 11, 2021.
Mid-South Cross Country
Round 10 of the Mid-South Cross Country series—which was scheduled for March 22 at Fox Hollow in Nunnelly, Tennessee—is postponed, but MSXC still has round 11 on April 5 at Hurricane Mills listed to run.
2020 RSD Super Hooligan Schedule
The first two rounds of the RSD Super Hooligan series (Del Mar and Austin rounds) are postponed, which means the series probably starts at the Perris Half Mile on May 9.
AMA Extreme Off-Road
March 17, 2020
The pair of Texas rounds for AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series and Extreme Off-Road East that were scheduled for March 28-29 are postponed.
SCORE San Felipe and Baja 500
The SCORE San Felipe 250, scheduled for March 20-22, has been postponed. It has been rescheduled to May 9, 2020. The SCORE Baja 500, scheduled for June 3-7, has been postponed to June 16-17.
The upcoming MotoTrials national that was scheduled to take place in Wilseyville, California on April 25-26 is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24. Any rider who has signed up for the event will receive a full refund of rider/minder fees if the postponed date is not appropriate.
Isle of Man TT
The 2020 Isle of Man TT races, scheduled for May 30-June 13, has been canceled due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus, marking only the second time outside of World Wars that the TT has not been run.
“The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail,” Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented. “Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognizes will be significant.
“With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors, and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.
“The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.”
Cycle News’ Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook had been confirmed to make his TT debut for the PRF Racing team this year, but will instead switch focus to the 2021 TT.
Steele Creek GNCC Postponed
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Steele Creek Park in Morganton, NC, has notified GNCC Officials that is has closed the facility to large gatherings. Accordingly, the Steele Creek GNCC previously scheduled for April 4/5 in Morganton, NC, has been postponed. Riders pre-entered for the event will have their entries transferred to the next GNCC, unless they request a refund by emailing email@example.com. Rescheduling details will be announced in the near future.
IRC Motoclimb Super Series
Round one of the IRC Motoclimb Super Series, which was scheduled for April 3 in Tracy, CA has been canceled. The remainder of the season is still in place,
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Schedule Updates
UPDATE March 16, 2020:
NHRA is suspending all NHRA drag racing for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This suspension includes events at all NHRA-owned tracks and any NHRA-sanctioned events such as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
March 12, 2020:
NHRA officials are postponing a portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Some Sportsman racing will be contested this weekend without ticketed spectators, but the majority of the event has been postponed to a later date.
The Sportsman categories of Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers, and Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers will be contested on Thursday at Gainesville and will complete competition this weekend without ticketed spectators.
Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Factory Stock Showdown, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car will be postponed and completed at a later date to be determined.
The next round is scheduled for April 17-19 in Houston, Texas.
FIM SuperEnduro Updates
The final round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship that was scheduled to take place on March 14 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland is canceled.
FIM World Enduro Updates
The World Enduro events originally scheduled for April 17-19 in Marco de Cavaneses, Portugal and April 24–26 in Lalin, Spain have been postponed.
||(Rnd 1) Spoleto, Italy
||(Rnd 2) Hungaroring, Hungary
||(Rnd 3) Saaremaa, Estonia
||(Rnd 4) Skovde, Sweden
||(Rnd 5) Requista, France
||(Rnd 6) Zschopau, Germany
||(Rnd 7) Marco de Cavaneses, Portugal
||(Rnd 8) Lalin, Spain
Updated 2020 FIM Trials GP News
Originally scheduled for April 3 in Liévin, France, the FIM X-Trial des Nations is postponed and a new date yet to be announced. With the cancellation of the Austrian round, Toni Bou mathematically seals the championship.
FIM X-Trial des Nations
FIM X-Trial des Nations that was initially set to take place on April 3 at Liévin, France is postponed until November 6.
The 2020 PZM Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on May 16 has been postponed and provisionally re-scheduled for August 8.
Updated 2020 FIM Ice Speedway World Championship
Final rounds 7-8 of the FIM Ice Speedway scheduled for March 14-15 in Inzell, Germany are canceled and will not be restaged.
Updated 2020 FIM Supermoto Schedule
The first two events of the season (Lombardy, Italy and Forcarei, Spain) are postponed until September and October.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge postponed
As a result of global developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Emirates Motorsports Organization and the Rally organizers have taken the decision to postpone the 2020 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge originally scheduled to take place on March 20-26.
Emirates Motorsports Organization and rally organizers have been in permanent contact with the government authorities in the UAE and were following all precautionary measures to protect the motor sport community and the wider public.