MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas postponed due to coronavirus

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The Grand Prix of the Americas is the latest MotoGP race to be postponed due to coronavirus

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The Grand Prix of the Americas has been postponed from April 5 to November 15 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

After the cancellation and postponement of the Qatar and Thai rounds respectively, the Circuit of the Americas was scheduled to host the first round of the 2020 MotoGP season.

The second postponement of the season means that the opening race of the year is now slated to take place in Argentina on April 19 instead.

In a statement released by the circuit, travel disruption caused by quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus was cited as the key reason for the decision.

“With the disruption in international flights serving areas that are home to many teams, fans, freight and competitors, the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas has been postponed until November 15, 2020.

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“We are glad that there are no cases of the virus in Austin and recognise that the risks of getting sick are very low, however, an international event of this sort presents logistics concerns, travel commitments, and significant advance planning.

“All tickets purchased will be valid for the November event. While we greatly appreciate the ongoing support and patronage of the fans, we recognise and some ticket holders may need a refund. COTA will honour any such request.”

Five riders and five of the 11 MotoGP teams are based in Italy, which is now in full lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.

The race is now scheduled to take place on November 15, with the Valencia Grand Prix moving back a week to November 22 instead.

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